Chinese metropolis of Xiamen goes into lockdown after COVID outbreak Sep 15, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaBeijing A fresh outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus has resulted in widespread restrictions being imposed on people in south-eastern China.Authorities in the coastal metropolis of Xiamen, in Fujian province, told the 4.3 million residents on Tuesday not to leave the city, while major events were cancelled, schools switched to online classes, and restaurants and shopping centres were closed. The measures came after 32 new coronavirus cases were discovered in the city on Monday, bringing the number of infections in Fujian province to more than 100 since last week. The current outbreak originated in the city of Putian, which is in the north of Xiamen.It is believed a man brought the virus back with him to Putian after a visit to Singapore. The man had returned to China on August 4, spent 21 days in quarantine and had tested negative for the virus nine times. But then, last Friday, a test came back positive.Putian has also been in lockdown since the weekend. The Chinese government is pursuing a zero Covid strategy. With curfews, mass testing, contact tracing, quarantine and strict entry restrictions, the country has been able to keep the coronavirus under control.Recently, local clusters of the Delta variant have been reported in places, but so far these have always been brought under control through strict measures. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Biden to meet leaders of Australia, India and Japan Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Foreign forces must leave Syria, Putin tells Assad in Moscow Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Israel to seal off Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Singapore hosts China’s leading diplomat dpa Bangkok Three weeks after the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday hosted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for what he said was “a productive and candid .. Putin self-isolating due to coronavirus cases within his inner circle Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after people in his “inner circle” tested positive for coronavirus, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin, 68, will not hold face-to-face meetings for the time .. Philippines to relax COVID curbs despite high case count dpa Manila The Philippines will ease coronavirus restrictions in the capital region starting this week, in a bid to boost economic activity despite high numbers of new Covid-19 cases, the government said on Tuesday. The .. Singapore news website forced offline over foreign funds allegations Bangkok: Two weeks after losing a defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore news portal The Online Citizen’s website and social media operating licences were on Tuesday suspended by the .. Unknown assailants free 240 inmates in attack on Nigerian jail Lagos: Unknown assailants freed 240 prisoners from a jail in the West African country of Nigeria during a deadly overnight attack. The prison in the town of Kabba in the central state of Kogi was attacked by several heavily ..