/China undertakes mass testing in Nanjing as COVID surges, while Thailand sees record cases for second day running – ABC News

China undertakes mass testing in Nanjing as COVID surges, while Thailand sees record cases for second day running – ABC News

China reported 76 new COVID-19 cases on July 25, the highest daily total since January amid a surge of local infections in the eastern city of Nanjing, which started a second round of mass testing and banned taxis from leaving to curb the outbreak.

Key points:

Measures to control Nanjing’s outbreak include testing 9.3 million residents, restrictions on taxis leaving the city and suspending some public transport

Thailand expanded lockdown measures last week, suspending some domestic flights and increasing the curfew area around Bangkok

Mainland China’s official number of total COVID cases stands at 92,605 while Thailand’s is at 512,678

China has taken a zero-tolerance approach to COVID infections, quickly testing swathes of its population and contact-tracing any positive cases to prevent the spread of the virus.

Thirty-eight of the 40 new local cases were reported in Nanjing, the capital of the eastern province of Jiangsu.

On Sunday the Nanjing city government said it had started a second round of nucleic acid testing of its 9.3 million residents.

And on Monday local authorities said taxis and cars on ride-hailing platforms should not leave the city, before adding that eight long-distance shuttle bus stations would be suspended from July 27.

Masked crowds line up to get tested for COVID during Nanjing's first round of mass testing.

Reuters: cnsphoto

Many of the positive cases in the first round of testing Nanjing were in an area close to Lukou International Airport – the city has suspended a subway line linking the airport and a train station, and taken other measures to control the new cluster.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China stand at 92,605, and the death toll remains at 4,636.

Thailand slow to vaccinate as another wave hits

Thailand on Monday reported 15,376 coronavirus cases, a record number for a second consecutive day, amid public criticism over the pace of the country’s vaccination rollout.

A field of abandoned taxis as coronavirus spreads in Bangkok

Reuters: Chalinee Thirasupa

Authorities have struggled to deal with outbreaks driven by new variants in recent months, including the Delta variant first detected in India.

Thailand aims to inoculate 50 million people by the end of the year, but so far only 5.6 per cent of its more than 66 million population are fully inoculated.

The country’s vaccine strategy has relied heavily on locally produced doses of AstraZeneca vaccine by Thai company Siam Bioscience, but deliveries have faced delays.

Last week, faced with surging infections, Thailand imposed tighter lockdown measures in the capital city of Bangkok, and 12 high-risk provinces, suspending most domestic fights and expanding the curfew area.

The Southeast Asian nation has recorded a cumulative total of 512,678 infections, and 4,146 fatalities.