On August 6, China announced its highest daily infection rate of new COVID-19 patients in the current outbreak, which was first reported on July 20.
Officials blamed the latest clusters primarily on the highly transmissible Delta variant, ordering residents in outbreak cities to line up for mass tests, restricting people’s movement, and locking down residential compounds, neighborhoods, and communities one after the other.
On Thursday, at least 58 people in Yangzhou, eastern China, were diagnosed with COVID-19. On Friday, 4.56 million residents were forced to stay at home, and the regime shut down highways and railways to slow the spread of the virus.
“Yangzhou’s hustle and bustle has come to a halt,” state-run media Xinhua reported on August 6. Because people are quarantined at home or in quarantine centers, “the entire city becomes empty and quiet.”
Even in a city like Xiangtan in central-south Hunan Province, where only three residents had been diagnosed in recent weeks, the grip on the situation was tight. Residents reported that some of their cellphone-generated health codes turned yellow, even red, for no apparent reason. Residents explained that if the codes turned red, they would have to wait for an ambulance to take them to quarantine centers, and if the codes turned yellow, they would be unable to leave their homes.
“They couldn’t control their emotions when [the codes] abruptly changed for no apparent reason.” Some of them burst into tears, and others fell to the ground, “Xiangtan resident Zhao explained. “They can’t go to work, they can’t do anything they planned… it hurts.”
The National Health Commission of China reported 124 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up from 85 the day before. According to the report, 80 of the new confirmed infections were locally transmitted, up from 62 the day before.
Chinese authorities reported 58 new asymptomatic cases on Aug. 5, up from 54 the day before, in the same announcement on Friday. The official figures, however, are likely to be lower than the true total, because the Chinese regime is notorious for grossly underreporting virus numbers.
Patients with symptoms such as a cough or fever, or signs of infection, are among the confirmed cases announced by the Chinese regime. The regime does not count symptomless cases until signs of disease appear.
The Chinese regime designated 191 high-and medium-risk areas in 11 provinces and municipalities across the country on Friday, where residents are now unable to leave their homes.
The increase in local cases was fueled by an increase in infections in Jiangsu, a province adjacent to the commercial hub of Shanghai, which reported 61 new local cases on Thursday, up from 40 the day before.
On August 6, the city government of Zhengzhou banned taxis and ride-hailing vehicles from leaving the city and quarantined everyone who had visited No. 6 Hospital, the epicenter of the current outbreak, as well as nearby neighborhoods, since July 5.
Meanwhile, authorities in Wuhan, where the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus first appeared in late 2019, sealed off seven residential compounds and roads and quarantined over 2,000 people after seven cases were reported on August 2, according to Xinhua.
“We all received two doses of the vaccine, but the outbreak remains uncontrollable. What are our options? ” According to Li Xin (pseudonym) of Wuhan’s Hankou district.
The recent CCP virus outbreak was first reported on July 20 in the eastern city of Nanjing, where routine tests identified nine airport workers.
According to official data, many infected cases in the recent outbreak received Chinese vaccines. On July 22, health officials in Nanjing city admitted that, with the exception of one person under the age of 18, almost all infected cases had received vaccines. According to the airport’s official website, more than 90% of the airport staff had received Chinese vaccines by May.