China’s Guangzhou and Guangdong provinces have recently reported cases of a more transmissive subvariant of the omicron.
On May 16, China CDC announced its first case of the Omicron strain BA.2.12.1. A Chinese man who came home from Kenya, Africa, entered Guangzhou Baiyun Airport on April 23; he tested positive during the quarantine. They transferred the patient to the Eighth Hospital of Guangzhou for treatment.
At present, many districts in Guangzhou have been closed and controlled, and nucleic acid screening of all employees has been launched.
On May 16, Guangzhou mass tested residents from more than ten districts. Normalization of COVID0-19 sampling would take effect in Yuexiu District, Haizhu District, and Panyu District starting May 15 until the end of the month.
Wang Hao, who lives in Liwan District, Guangzhou, told The EET news that the lockdown has never stopped.
Wang could not go to work for two months to obey the regime’s Zero-COVID policy; he was constantly called out for nucleic acid tests, even at night while eating and showering.
Wang said on May 15, tens of thousands of people were locked in the Canton Fair Complex, and the merchants started selling food on the ground. The food was sold at gouged prices.
According to him, a cup of 38 cents doll noodles was sold as expensive as ten times, plus 5 dollars for boiling water; it costs 9 dollars to eat. Businesses and customers were afraid of getting lockup inside the buildings.
Variant BA.2.12.1 has also spread to Hong Kong. According to the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, 19 imported strain cases were found as of May 13.
The latest Omicron strain has appeared in many places across China, including Shanghai, Beijing, Jili, Sichuan, Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Liaoning.
According to the World Health Organization, 17 nations’ research determined that subvariant BA.2.12.1 has a higher potential to bypass the body’s immune system than other previous strains.