COVID: New alert in China, a city of five million people quarantined

COVID: New alert in China, a city of five million people quarantined

China continues to implement strict restrictive measures to deal with the health crisis. Anyang city, which has a population of 5 million, has been placed in quarantine after the emergence of Covid-19 cases, notably the Omicron strain.

On Monday evening, the city of Anyang ordered its residents to stay at home and banned private cars. Non-essential businesses have been closed and a public screening campaign has been launched to “prevent the spread of the Omicron strain,” according to the official China News Agency.

A third Chinese city has locked down its residents due to the COVID-19 outbreak, bringing the number of people confined to their homes in China to nearly 20 million. Anyang and its 5.5 million residents join Xi’an and Yuzhou in lockdown. https://t.co/egPZs2kT27

– Associated Press (AP) January 11 2022

The city has recorded 84 pollution cases since Saturday, including at least two omicron cases linked to pollution in the (north) coastal city of Tianjin. This city bordering Beijing on Sunday banned its 14 million residents from leaving the municipal limits.

In total, on Tuesday, China reported 157 new infections in the past 24 hours, including 60 imported cases. The official tally has barely exceeded 100,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 4,636 deaths. On the other hand, the state does not count asymptomatic cases.

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