As of July 17, in less than two weeks, up to 10 variants of Omicron had appeared in various parts of China.
China media reported on July 18 that since Xi’an confirmed the first local case of infection with variant BA.5 in China on the 6th, as of the 17th, in less than two weeks, already ten variants of Omicron appeared in many places, the rapid variation of the virus has scientists worried.
According to the Sichuan Online News (Sichuan Online), the Command for COVID-19 Disease Prevention and Control in Chengdu City announced that a new local outbreak has occurred in Chengdu since July 15. The genetic sequencing results of the virus are strain Omicron BG.2; this variant strain is very contagious and has a faster spread rate. The active trajectories of infections found so far are very complex.
Zongiang News also reported that in the latest outbreak in Lanzhou, Gansu, Omicron BA.2.38 was detected, and this variant virus is a branch of BA.2. The Omicron variant BA.2.12.1 appeared in Chengdu on July 18.
In addition to Gansu and Chengdu, other cities such as Shanghai, Tianjin, and Qingdao all reported BA.5.2.1 Omicron variant strain; Guangzhou, Foshan, and Beihai reported virus variant BA.2.3; Guangdong, Shanghai, and Linyi reported variant virus BA.2.2; Xi’an reported virus variant BA.5.2; Dalian detected virus variant BA.5; Tianjin reported virus variants BA.2 and BA.4; Zhuhai reported BA.5 variant virus.
On July 16, in Chengdu, the white-robed guards served “epidemic prevention” and performed a disinfecting show on people in a residential area!
On July 17, a nucleic acid test scene in Chengdu, Sichuan province, showed people standing very close to each other; if one person were infected, this would be a ” super spread event.”
Account @TragedyInChina tweeted on July 16: “Chengdu, nucleic acid testing in the rain, so tragic… For many Chengdu residents, tonight is the worst night since the outbreak of the epidemic. In a situation of unemployment and hunger, extremely hot, but standing in line to take a nucleic acid test, encountering a bone-chilling heavy rain, after completing the test, it stops raining. This is the reality of our life, there is no worst suffering, only more suffering, we don’t know what other suffering is waiting for us.”
During the week, China has an average of 390 local cases per day (not from other regions), and epidemiological investigations of outbreaks in many places have yet to identify the source of the virus infection.
Sina cited information on the official website of the National Health Commission of China on July 19, saying that, from 0 to 24 hours on July 18, 31 provinces (including autonomous regions and centrally-run cities) and Xinjiang Construction and Production Corps reported 776 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
During this outbreak, the epidemic in Guangxi was concentrated in Beihai. On July 18, Guangxi officials holding an epidemic prevention conference said that the outbreak in Beihai city was mainly caused by the Omicron BA.2.3 mutant strain, which spread quickly and had multisite transmission in the community. Since the outbreak on July 12, the number of infected people has exceeded 500.
First Financial reports that, during the outbreak in March of this year, most people were infected with Omicron BA.2, but over the past few months, Omicron has developed more strains with faster spread. According to data on Baidu, whether it is BA.2.12.1, BA.2.38, or BA.5, they all demonstrate that they do not cause more serious diseases.