Guangdong outbreak now has Indian-British mutant virus strain

In Guangdong Province, China, there have been six confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 34 asymptomatic infections in the country so far on the 21st. This wave of the epidemic has two different chains of transmission, the source of which is related to the Indian variant of the virus and the British variant, which experts say is more powerful and faster to spread.

According to a Central News Agency report today, the outbreak in Guangdong, China, is spreading strongly and is linked to the Indian British mutant strain of the virus. The report cited Chinese media sources as saying that the current round of NCP virus outbreak in Guangdong is concentrated in two transmission chains: one is the “morning tea transmission chain” that spread from Liwan District in Guangzhou to Maoming and Foshan; the other is the “overseas cargo ship transmission chain” that occurred in Yantian Port in Shenzhen. .

In the morning tea transmission chain, the source is a 75-year-old woman surnamed Guo, who was diagnosed on the 21st and found to have the Indian variant of the New Coronavirus, but she has no history of overseas travel, the report said “accidental exposure to incidental infection cannot be ruled out”.

Guangdong faces a higher risk in the outbreak. The Yangcheng Evening News pointed out that 90% of China’s current daily arrivals are concentrated in Guangdong, where 30,000 people are quarantined every day. Unlike the six outbreaks that occurred in Guangzhou last year, this wave of the virus is highly and rapidly transmitted, and can be spread through a meal or brief, non-direct contact. The waiter who delivered food for the woman surnamed Guo at a morning tea store was infected simply because she did not wear a mask to deliver the food.

In addition, Shenzhen Yantian District on the 21st also found an asymptomatic infected person during routine testing of international cargo ship boarding operators in the district, and the number of related asymptomatic infected persons has accumulated to seven in just a few days, six of whom are working in Yantian port area, and all seven cases have a history of workplace exposure to overseas cargo ships.

In response to the Shenzhen outbreak, the relevant CDC department said that the virus was spreading rapidly and that five of the cases were infected with a mutated strain that had emerged in the UK.

According to the report, from 26, Guangzhou Liwan District, Foshan City Chancheng District, Shenzhen Yantian District were launched district-wide nucleic acid testing, Shenzhen Yantian District also requires “100% vaccine coverage”. Some media said that in order to quickly complete the nucleic acid testing, Guangzhou Liwan District transferred 4,900 medical and nursing overnight testing. The news said that people’s willingness to get vaccinated is also rising high across Guangdong, stimulated by the epidemic, with long queues at temporary vaccination sites in various cities.