One Covid-19 Case in Beijing Found to Have 1,751 Close Contacts, China’s New Delta Hot Spots, New Quarantine Rules for Hospitals
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Chinese social media users have been paying close attention to the confirmed case in Beijing who had 1,751 close contacts. They are also following the Covid-19 flare-ups in Yangzhou and Zhengzhou.
1. Jiangsu Covid-19 flare-up involves three transmission chains
There are three transmission chains (external source, in Chinese) in the Covid-19 flare-up in East China’s Jiangsu province, with Nanjing cases linked to the airport, Yangzhou infections spreading from a mahjong parlor, and Huai’an cases originating with a group of travelers.
2. All adult Covid patients in Nanjing receive traditional Chinese medicine treatment
All patients over 18 years old in Nanjing received traditional Chinese medicine (external source, in Chinese) treatment for Covid-19, according to Litchi News. Since July 20, Nanjing Chinese Medicine Hospital has distributed more than 300,000 herbal tonics to the city’s isolation centers.
3. Chinese court upholds Canadian drug smuggler’s death penalty in second trial
The Liaoning Provincial High People’s Court (external source, in Chinese) upheld the death sentence of Canadian drug smuggler Robert Lloyd Schellenberg in a second trial on Tuesday. Schellenberg was involved in international drug trafficking and a plot to smuggle 222 kilograms of methamphetamine into China.
4. Covid-19 case in Beijing found to have 1,751 close contacts
A Covid-19 patient in Beijing failed to report their travel history (external source, in Chinese) to their residential community upon arrival, giving rise to 1,751 close contacts, including passengers on a train and people in hospitals, workplaces, and neighboring communities, according to an announcement by Beijing’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.
5. China to vacate hospitals for quarantine within 48 hours of a Covid outbreak
The National Health Commission (external source, in Chinese) issued a notice on Monday requiring all localities to vacate their designated hospitals within 48 hours when a local Covid flare-up occurs. The hospitals will be used to centralize treatment and isolation of Covid-19 patients.
6. Anti-vaccine protests break out in Lithuania's capital
Anti-vaccine protests (external source, in Chinese) broke out in front of the Lithuanian parliament building on Tuesday, with protesters demanding that the government scrap its plan to require proof of vaccination against Covid-19. To encourage people to get vaccinated, the Lithuanian government intends to ban unvaccinated people from accessing public transportation, hospitals, stores, and other places from Sept. 13.
7. Yangzhou and Zhengzhou are the new epicenters of China’s Covid-19 outbreak
Chinese latest Covid-19 outbreak (external source, in Chinese) has spread to more than a dozen provinces with Yangzhou and Zhengzhou becoming the new epicenters of the flare-up. Yangzhou’s outbreak amounts to 394 cases diagnosed in 13 days and Zhengzhou has launched the third round of nucleic acid testing.
8. Japan confirms more than 100,000 Covid cases in past eight days
More than 100,000 people (external source, in Chinese) have been confirmed with Covid-19 in Japan in the eight days from Aug. 2 to Aug. 9 with 10,574 cases confirmed on Tuesday, according to statistics released by Johns Hopkins University.
9. Illicit placenta trading continues unabated despite ban
Fresh human placenta (external source, in Chinese) is still being sold secretly on China’s underground market despite a ban, according to The Paper. Placentas are believed by some to be effective in improving the body’s immune system and slowing aging.
10. China to ban karaoke songs with “illegal content”
China will establish a blacklist of karaoke songs (external source, in Chinese), banning the playing of songs containing “illegal content” in karaoke venues nationwide starting from Oct. 1, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Translated by intern reporter Chen Bingyi.
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