BEIJING, 13 SEPTEMBER – China is grappling with a new Delta variant outbreak in the southeastern province of Fujian where more than 70 infections have been detected, many of which in children, still putting the ‘Zero Covid’ policy to the test. Less than a month after the containment of the June outbreak detected in Nanjing, dozens of cases have so far emerged in the region, according to local authorities. The cluster was discovered thanks to routine tests in schools, where two students tested positive on Friday: a father of the two, who returned from Singapore in early August, was found to be infected. Health officials believe this may be the origin of the latest outbreak, in a region that is a rich manufacturing hub of sneakers, clothing and electronics components. There are more than 70 infections in three cities: Xiamen, Quanzhou and Putian, which in the last Sunday bulletin released today by the National Health Commission marked 22 cumulative cases. Another 13 asymptomatic were found in Putian. The province has so far recorded 43 domestic transmission infections since September 10 and 32 asymptomatic, all under medical observation, for a total of 75 cases. Nationally, there are 27 new imported cases relating to Sunday, including 17 in Yunnan, 5 in Shanghai, 3 in Guangdong and one each in Sichuan and Shaanxi. (HANDLE).