China rushes to contain 'school centered' Delta outbreak before major holiday season
The outbreak, dubbed China's " first school-centered flare-up " by state media, was originally detected Friday at a elementary school in the city of Putian.
Those with legitimate reasons to leave must produce a negative coronavirus test taken within the past 48 hours.
On Tuesday, Xiamen imposed targeted lockdowns on residential neighborhoods affected by the outbreak, with residents forbidden from leaving their apartments or compounds.
Residents queue to undergo nucleic acid tests for coronavirus in Xianyou county, Putian city, in China's eastern Fujian province on September 13.
As of Tuesday, no related cases have been reported outside of Fujian, but local governments across China are on high alert.
The NHC estimates about 30,000 people from Putian, the epicenter of the latest outbreak, had left the province in the two weeks prior to Friday.
Last year, a total of 637 million domestic trips were made during the National Day holiday, the first major holiday since China emerged from its initial coronavirus outbreak.
Children infectedThe latest outbreak in Fujian were first detected on pupils at a elementary school in Xianyou.
In Putian, 8 kindergarten students and 28 elementary school students have been infected, according to the government.
Fujian's outbreak has highlighted the increasing challenge faced by China's ambitious zero-Covid strategy, raising questions over its sustainability in the long term.
He spent another 7 days in centralized quarantine in Xianyou, before returning home for a further week of health monitoring, according to the Putian government.
He had tested negative for the virus nine times during 21 days of quarantine, before testing positive on Friday -- 37 days after entering China, according to state media.