Wuhan: New outbreak in Provience Raises Concern for Authorities

Wuhan

Wuhan City, China, several new cases of COVID-19 has reported. On May 12, Beijing time, Wuhan officially issued an emergency notice, announcing the implementation of screening for all residents of Wuhan. 

According to sources, the epidemic prevention and control headquarters in multiple districts in Wuhan confirmed this report. All districts in Wuhan have now formulated implementation plans in accordance with the requirements of the documents and according to the situation in the district to begin extensive testing.

The issuance of this emergency notice is related to the emergence of multiple newly confirmed cases in the Dongxihu District of Wuhan. The purpose is to strengthen social prevention and control, prevent the rebound of the epidemic, and strengthen the normalization of epidemic prevention and control.

Six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were added on May 9th and 10th in Wuhan, breaking the record of no new confirmed cases in Hubei Province for 35 consecutive days.

The Wuhan Municipal Health and Health Commission stated that the six new cases were all living in the Sanmin Community, Changqing Street, Dongxihu District, Wuhan. There were 20 existing confirmed cases in this community before the onset of the newly identified ones. It is suspected that the new cases are a result of poor social distancing measures. 

According to the official website of the Dongxihu District Government of Wuhan City at 10:18 on May 11, due to the poor control of the Sanmin Community of Changqing Street, there have been many confirmed cases of COVID-19 in recent days. 

Wuhan, with a population of 11 million, was closed for 70 days due to the outbreak of COVID-19 before lifting the quarantine order on April 8.

The emergency testing notice requests the city’s general screening. Also, it requires that the elderly and densely populated housing and the place where the foreign population is concentrated should be the critical areas for testing.

Also, another group of infections occurred in Shulan City, Jilin Province, The source of this outbreak (Patient Zero) has not yet been identified. According to sources, the first official case in this area was a 45-year-old female laundry worker from the Shulan Public Security Bureau.

Sources state the case has no history of travel or activity outside the province, and no history of contact between personnel from overseas and key regions has been determined.

Shulan City received 308 Shulan nationals from Russia from Suifenhe and Manzhouli Ports from April 8 to April 30, and the authorities did not rule out that the virus was spread in isolation.

According to the Mayor of Shulan City, Shulan City has fully entered the “wartime state” following the requirements of high-level risk prevention and control, adopted the strictest control measures, and made every effort to prevent and control the epidemic situation.