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New coronavirus outbreak in China near Russian border

More recently, looking at how China foughta major outbreak of CoVID-19 in Wuhan’s 12 millionth, one would have thought that the country had triumphed over the infection. However, reality paints a different picture. Thus, the 10 millionth city of Harbin in northeast China was quarantined. According to El Mundo, in the past this city was an important industrial base of the Celestial Empire, but during the outbreak of the coronavirus, almost nothing was heard about it. As of April 23, at least 75 cases of infection were detected in the city near the Russian border. But how could an outbreak of coronavirus occur in a country in which the infection was practically defeated? The answer probably lies in the citizens of China who returned home from abroad.

10 million Harbin in the past was the industrial base of the Middle Kingdom

Draconian measures

Harbin authorities took draconian measures tocontaining outbreaks of coronavirus. According to media reports, more than 75 people are infected, more than 4,000 are tested for CoVID-19. As a preventive measure, officials banned meetings and established checkpoints at the airport and train stations. Now, before entering any public institutions and housing complexes, citizens must show a government-approved medical application. It is used as evidence of the absence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the body. Residents must also abide by the rules of social distance, and weddings, funerals, public speaking, and conferences are prohibited.

When a case of coronavirus is detected, whole buildings are closed

In all, four districts of Harbin were introducedcomprehensive control. Authorities have promised to pay 2 thousand yuan (260 euros) to those who report on citizens who returned to the city but hide this information. It is noteworthy that in Wuhan, according to Reuters, in the former center for the treatment of SARS, only two seriously ill patients remained.

A man watches on a checkpoint in the border city of Suifenhe in Heilongjiang on April 21

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All confirmed, alleged andasymptomatic infections, as well as all who came into contact with the infected, were placed in strict quarantine. Neighbors living in the same building as infected for two weeks will be kept in isolation around the clock. Recently, some Telegram channels reported a power outage in areas where infections were detected. However, confirmation of this information could not be found. Anyway, China seems to have joined the global pandemic.

On the asymptomatic course of the disease they say when people are infected with CoVID-19, but the virus does not manifest itself. However, at the same time, these people can infect others.

Where does coronavirus come from in China?

According to officials, the virus is more likelyIn total, he was "brought" to the city by a student who returned from the United States. For this reason, it was decided to introduce 28 days of quarantine for all arrivals from abroad. Now all returnees are tested twice for coronavirus. Let me remind you that in mainland China, more than 82,000 cases of infection were detected. According to official figures, at least 4,632 patients have died. In total, from hospitals in the country 77 207 patients with coronavirus were prescribed. Read more about how the Celestial Empire fought with the outbreak of a new coronavirus, read in our material.

Pictured are passengers wearing protective masks at Harbin Airport on April 11

The student, known only by the name Han, returned from New York to her hometown on March 19, according to the Harbin Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Han went through 14 day quarantine, during which she did not show symptoms of CoVID-19, tests showed a negative result for the presence of the virus in the body.

However, in the Ministry of Healththey believe that it was she who turned out to be an asymptomatic carrier, spreading the virus to her neighbors, writes Daily Mail. Later, in two separate tests, antibodies to this virus were found in her. It is reported by China Beijing with reference to CCTV. And this is very disturbing news..

It is assumed that the student’s neighbor infectedAn 87-year-old man who later held a meeting of tenants where they could become infected. The elderly man was hospitalized twice, which may have put others at risk of infection. It is believed that a man is associated with at least 78 cases of infection, including relatives, patients and their families, as well as medical professionals. If all this is true and the student is an asymptomatic carrier of CoVID-19, then this may mean that sooner or later almost every person on the planet will be infected with a new coronavirus. Which, as Chinese epidemiologists claim, has already mutated into 30 different strains.

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However, despite the unstable situation insome regions and the introduction of new restrictions in the north-east of the country, the Chinese authorities are optimistic. We can only hope that this case of asymptomatic transmission of the infection is a single virus and in the near future, or one of its strains, it will not cross the Russian border. One way or another, this story should force officials and ministries of health around the world to review the measures taken to isolate citizens returning from abroad, and also to understand whether it is possible to improve tests for CoVID-19. Be healthy.