BEIJING – Chinese authorities have sealed off the southwestern city of Chengdu, with a population of 21 million Increase in cases of COVID-19 virus.
Residents have been ordered to stay at home, and about 70% of flights to and from the city, a major transit hub in Sichuan Province and a government and economic hub, have been suspended.
The start of the new term has been delayed, although public transportation continues to operate and citizens are allowed to leave the city if they show a special need.
Under the rules announced Thursday, only one member of each family who can show a negative virus test in the past 24 hours is allowed to go out each day to buy essentials.
There was no comment on when the closure would be lifted.
Similar measures have confined millions of people to their homes in the northeastern city of Dalian, as well as Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei Province that borders the capital, Beijing.
Chengdu has reported about 1,000 cases in the latest outbreak and no deaths from the latest round of local transmission, but the extreme measures mirror China. strict adherence For its “zero COVID” policy that imposed huge losses on Economiewith closuresBusiness closing and comprehensive testing requirements.
China says measures are necessary to prevent a wider spread of the virus that has been circulating first discovery In the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. Fear of being locked out or being sent to a quarantine facility even for being in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for the virus has severely hampered people’s work and consumption and travel habits.
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