Nanjing has newly confirmed 38 new cases of new coronary pneumonia. Experts: the imported virus is not ruled out as the delta mutant

  [Global Times reporter Zhao Juehui] The epidemic prevention and control situation in Nanjing is still grim.

According to a report from the Nanjing Municipal Health Commission on the 26th, between 0-24 on the 25th, 38 newly diagnosed cases of new coronary pneumonia in Nanjing and 1 new asymptomatic infection.

So far, there have been spillover cases associated with Nanjing Lukou Airport in Zhongshan, Guangdong, Ma'anshan, Anhui, Wuhu, Anhui, and Shenyang, Liaoning.

On the evening of the 25th, the Nanjing Municipal Party Committee’s Leading Group for Epidemic Response and the City’s New Crown Epidemic Joint Prevention and Control Emergency Command held a video dispatch meeting that said that this round of epidemic prevention and control has reached the most critical and urgent stage.

  Related notifications show that as of 24:00 on the 25th, Nanjing has reported a total of 75 local confirmed cases (41 cases are mild, 32 cases are ordinary, and 2 cases are severe), and 13 cases of local asymptomatic infections have been reported in Nanjing.

Yang Dasuo, deputy director of the Nanjing Municipal Health Commission, said on the 26th that 8 of the 38 newly confirmed cases of local new coronary pneumonia were converted from asymptomatic infections to confirmed cases, and the other 30 cases were found among people under isolation control.

All cases are related personnel and close contacts of the airport and close contacts of close contacts.

  The severe situation of the current round of epidemic spread centered on Nanjing Lukou Airport has exceeded people's previous expectations.

On July 20, Lukou Airport notified that 9 positive samples were found in the regular nucleic acid test samples of the staff.

Since then, Jin Dongyan, a professor and virologist at the School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Hong Kong, said in an interview with the media that the Lukou Airport epidemic may be a small “super spreading incident”. And then spread to other cleaning staff, the possibility of overseas import.

The actual transmission chain remains to be further revealed by the results of gene sequencing.

  In an interview with a reporter from the Global Times on the 26th, a public health expert in the Mainland also agreed with the above inference.

The expert said that ports, airports and other ports are high-risk places for the introduction of the new crown virus from abroad. Similar infections have previously occurred at Shanghai Pudong Airport and Shenzhen Airport.

He also added that the virus introduced this time is not ruled out as a mutant strain of Delta, so it is highly contagious and can infect dozens of people in a short period of time.

  Although Nanjing officials have not announced whether this epidemic is related to the Delta mutant strain, the Hefei Release said on the 26th that the current international situation of the new crown pneumonia epidemic is still severe and complicated, and the new crown virus mutant Delta continues to spread.

Recently, the mutant strain of Delta Covid-19 that broke out at Nanjing Lukou Airport has spilled over to Wuhu and Ma'anshan in Anhui Province.

Therefore, the general public must not relax their vigilance and refrain from going out unless necessary.

  In order to quickly find all infected persons and cut off the chain of transmission, Nanjing has initiated nucleic acid testing for all employees since the 21st.

Nanjing announced on the 25th that as of 24:00 on the 24th, 9.209 million nucleic acid tests had been completed and 57 cases were found to be positive.

According to the latest news from the Nanjing Municipal Health Commission, from the 26th, the third round of nucleic acid testing for all employees has been launched in Lukou Street, Jiangning District, Nanjing.

  This round of the epidemic occurred concentratedly at Lukou Airport, which also led to the spread of the virus with passengers from Lining.

On the 26th, Zhuhai City reported a new case of asymptomatic infection of the new crown virus. The infected person arrived at Zhuhai Jinwan Airport by flight from Lukou Airport on the 19th and tested positive for the fifth nucleic acid test.

Previously, people with new crown infection with a history of living in Nanjing have been reported in Jiangsu, Guangdong, Anhui, Liaoning, Sichuan and other provinces.

  On the afternoon of July 26, a press conference on the prevention and control of the epidemic in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province announced that the gene sequencing results showed that the virus strain of asymptomatic infection in Luzhou City was a delta mutant strain, which was highly genetically identical to that of the Nanjing Lukou Airport epidemic. source.

  The Nanjing epidemic also reminded the civil aviation industry to further strengthen epidemic prevention measures.

Qi Qi, an associate professor of Guangzhou Civil Aviation Vocational and Technical College, told the Global Times reporter on the 26th that, generally speaking, airport epidemic prevention regulations are compiled with reference to higher-level requirements and the actual situation at the airport. More importantly, they must be implemented in place, and no fluke is allowed.

Qi Qi emphasized that the closed-loop management of high-risk flights is very important and needs to be strengthened.

The above-mentioned public health expert added, “This time the infected person was discovered during the active screening at Lukou Airport. Is it possible to bring the time of discovery earlier?”