China has put Lanzhou, a city of four million people, under a strict lockdown amid the latest surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
China put thousands of people in northern China under strict restrictions. (Reuters)
China has put Lanzhou, a city of four million people, under a strict lockdown amid the latest surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. China has asked residents of Lanzhou to not leave their residences unless it’s an emergency.
According to news agency AFP, China has recorded 29 new cases of Covid-19 with 6 of them being reported from Lanzhou. The lockdown restrictions in Lanzhou were announced on Tuesday, a day after the fresh cases.
On Monday, China put thousands of people in northern China under strict restrictions at a time when Covid-19 cases are rising again in the country over the latest Delta variant outbreak.
Officials in Beijing have also restricted access to tourist sites and advised residents not to leave the city unless necessary, although regular transport services continued as normal, reported AFP.
China reported 39 new cases on Monday, bringing the tally from the latest Delta variant-linked outbreak to more than 100 cases over the past week.
The numbers are extremely low compared with most places in the world, but China has pursued a zero-case strategy throughout the pandemic and authorities are determined to subdue the latest outbreak with the Winter Olympics just over 100 days away.
Several housing blocks in Beijing have been locked down, and organisers on Sunday indefinitely postponed a marathon at which 30,000 runners were expected.
Some 23,000 residents in one housing compound in Changping district have been ordered to stay indoors after nine cases were found there in recent days, local outlet Beijing News reported.
Photos showed officials in hazmat suits standing watch outside the entrances to each apartment block, and the perimeter of the compound blocked by metal barricades.
Entry will be restricted for people who have been to places with local Covid-19 infections in the last 14 days, Beijing’s vice publicity minister said Monday.
In the central city of Wuhan — where the coronavirus was first identified in late 2019 — organisers abruptly cancelled another marathon Sunday that was expected to draw 26,000 participants.
(With inputs from AFP)
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