China on 'high alert' as delta variant of Covid-19 spreads to 5 provinces | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

China on 'high alert' as delta variant of Covid-19 spreads to 5 provinces

For most countries, the spike in Covid-19 cases playing out in China would register as little more than a blip on the chart.

But the 184 infections detected in the city of Nanjing in the past 10 days will test whether the country's zero-tolerance approach, which has swiftly dealt with previous outbreaks, can contain the highly transmissible delta variant.

The outbreak is believed to have started in Nanjing, a city of more than 9 million people, around 150 miles west of Shanghai.

On July 20, nine cleaners at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport tested positive for the virus after cleaning down a plane that arrived from Russia, according to state-run media. Infections have now been recorded in five different provinces including Beijing, and local health authorities have identified the strain as the delta variant.

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