Covid returns to Wuhan

Covid returns to Wuhan

Long believed to have beat the worst of the pandemic, cities across China has been forced to reintroduce lockdowns and begin mass-testing millions.
Long believed to have beat the worst of the pandemic, cities across China has been forced to reintroduce lockdowns and begin mass-testing millions.

Authorities in China's Wuhan said they would test the city's population for Covid-19, as the virus returned to the place where it first emerged.

China had brought domestic cases down to almost zero, allowing the economy to rebound and life to return largely to normal.

But a fresh outbreak has thrown that record into jeopardy, as the fast-spreading Delta variant reaches dozens of cities after infections among airport cleaners in Nanjing sparked a chain of cases.

In Wuhan -- where the virus first emerged in December 2019 and which faced a lockdown in the early months of the pandemic -- authorities said they were launching a mass-testing programme for all 11 million residents.

And across China, authorities have confined the residents of entire cities to their homes, cut domestic transport links and started mass testing in recent days as the country battles its largest coronavirus outbreak in months.

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Vocabulary

  • domestic: inside the country being talked about - ภายในประเทศ
  • emerge: to appear or to become recognised - โผล่ออกมา
  • entire: including everything, everyone or every part - ทั้งหมด
  • jeopardy: in danger of being harmed or damaged -
  • mass: a large amount of something - ปริมาณมาก
  • rebound (verb): to rise again after falling, recover - กระโดดขึ้นอีกครั้งหนึ่ง,สะท้อนกลับ,เด้งกลับ
  • spark: to make something happen - ก่อให้เกิด
  • variant: a thing that is a slightly different form or type of something else - สิ่งที่ผันแปร, สิ่งที่แตกต่างกัน
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