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China cancels hundreds of flights and closes part of a city amid new cases of corona

The Chinese newspaper (South China Morning Post) reported today, Saturday, that hundreds of flights were canceled in addition to the closure of part of a city in southern China in an attempt to control the outbreak of the mutated “Delta” strain of the Corona virus.

The health commission of south China's Guangdong Province reported 6 new cases of the delta strain. Among the new cases, a 21-year-old girl working in a restaurant at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport was infected with the delta strain, which is described as rapidly spreading with a high viral load and a short incubation period.

For its part, the Chinese authorities ordered that 110 people who had contact with the girl be placed in quarantine, in addition to canceling more than 460 flights as of Friday night and tightening controls at the airport.

The authorities added that most of the airport's shops and restaurants were closed and anyone wishing to enter Shenzhen airport must provide a negative result from a PCR test taken within the past 48 hours.