Omicron spreads to southern China city bordering Macau

A medical worker swabs the throat of a man during a Covid-19 test in Beijing, China, yesterday. The city of Zhuhai in southern China launched mass testing for its population of 2.4 million people yesterday after a Covid case was detected in neighbouring Zhongshan earlier in the week. – EPA pic, January 15, 2022.

THE southern Chinese city of Zhuhai suspended public bus routes today after announcing it had detected at least seven cases of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant there and warning residents not to leave the city.

The coastal city of Zhuhai, which borders the gambling hub Macau, said last night Omicron had been detected in one mildly ill and six asymptomatic patients, after launching mass testing due to a case in a neighbouring city.

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