|China had been largely successful in controlling the virus within its borders. However, this new spread, which was first detected among workers at a busy airport in Nanjing, has sparked concern. (File photo by= Getty Images)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Following a handful of positive coronavirus cases being detected in Wuhan, authorities decided to conduct mass testing for the entire population, BBC reported. Wuhan has recorded seven locally transmitted cases, the first local infections in more than a year. The announcement in Wuhan came as China reported 90 new virus cases on Tuesday.
The city of 11 million people shot into the spotlight after the coronavirus was first detected there in 2019. Some 15 provinces across the country have been affected, which has led to the government rolling out mass testing measures and lockdown restrictions. Authorities have attributed the spread of the virus to the highly contagious Delta variant and the domestic tourism season.
Authorities have tested the 9.2 million residents of Nanjing three times and imposed a lockdown on hundreds of thousands of people. But over the weekend the spotlight turned to popular tourist destination Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, where many of the latest cases have emerged. Travelers from Nanjing were thought to have visited the city recently. Health officials have zeroed in on a theatre in Zhangjiajie, and are now trying to track down about 5,000 people who attended performances and then traveled back to their home cities. The new outbreak has also reached the capital Beijing, with the city reporting several locally transmitted infections.