Mutant strains of the Chinese coronavirus allegedly imported from India are responsible for a recent surge in new cases of the disease in China’s southern city of Guangzhou and neighboring cities, local government authorities claimed Sunday.
“Guangzhou completed its first round of nucleic acid testing for 2.25 million residents on Saturday [May 29], with 20 people found to be infected with COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] as of 2:00 pm on Sunday,” Chen Bin, deputy director of Guangzhou’s municipal health commission, told reporters at a press briefing on May 30.
Guangzhou’s new cluster of Chinese coronavirus infections was “contracted with a fast-spreading virus strain detected in India according to genome sequencing results,” according to Chen.
The latest coronavirus outbreak in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, began on May 21 and has since spread to the nearby cities of Foshan and Maoming, according to the Chinese state-run Global Times.
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