CCP virus outbreaks in areas of northern China continued to worsen over the weekend as authorities announced that they had detected patients infected with the new virus variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom.
The metropolis of Shanghai and southern Guangdong Province each reported a patient who tested positive for B.1.1.7, the new UK-derived virus strain. Both were students in the UK who returned to China in December last year. After genome sequencing, it was confirmed that they had the new strain, which is more contagious.
Meanwhile, Shenyang and Dalian authorities provided details about local superspreaders who had spread the virus to dozens of others.
Yanzhong Huang is senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is author of “Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and its Challenge to the Chinese State.”
China’s leaders have reason to be proud of the way they tackled the COVID pandemic in 2020.
Once they recognized the seriousness of the crisis, they undertook a torrent of actions that involved rapid mobilization of the resources and capabilities at their disposal. Within 10 weeks, the state managed to rein in the virus’ spread. By early April, when most parts of the world were still reeling from the pandemic, China was on track to economic and social recovery.