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Covid-19: China battles biggest Delta variant outbreak

People line up for nucleic acid testing at a residential compound following local cases of COVID-19 in Dalian, Liaoning province, China November 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters

China is battling the spread of its biggest COVID-19 outbreak caused by the Delta variant according to numbers announced by authorities on Monday.

Reuters reports that Chinese authorities said 32 new domestically transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms have been reported for Nov. 14, most of which were in northeastern Dalian city.

The tally of local cases since Oct. 17 has risen to 1,308, surpassing the 1,280 local cases from a summer Delta outbreak.

This marks China’s most widespread Delta outbreak, which has affected 21 provinces, regions and municipalities. While it is smaller than many outbreaks in other countries, Chinese authorities are anxious to block any further transmissions under the government’s zero-tolerance guidance.