A new variant of the coronavirus has struck China

Guangzhou, the capital of China’s most populous Guangdong province, is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus cases. This is a sign that an extremely contagious variant of the coronavirus, first discovered in India, could lead to outbreaks even in parts of the world where public health is actively responding to COVID, such as China.

In a city of more than 15 million people, 96 cases have been reported. This may not seem like much, but in the context of China, a country that has contained cases with great success since the beginning of the pandemic, this is a significant jump.

Authorities are now conducting mass inspections and closing down problem areas in an attempt to bring the outbreak under control. Restaurants and entertainment venues are closed, and 24-hour checkpoints are keeping an eye on everyone entering and leaving certain areas of the city.

Between May 26 and June 5, 16 million tests were conducted in the city — an average of one test per resident.

Other parts of the world are also struggling with outbreaks of Delta coronavirus. In the U.K., in particular, health authorities fear the variant could have a major impact on vaccination and resumption plans.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.K. is rising again, with the seven-day average exceeding 4,000 cases per day for the first time since early April.

According to British health experts, the Delta variant is 40 percent more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was first detected in the UK.

But, as is the case in China and Britain — and many other wealthy countries — those who have been fully vaccinated seem to have persistent immunity against the new variant.

The fight against the virus is not over yet…

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