BREAKING!!! China COVID-19 News: China Lockdowns Jilin City And More Cities To Follow Soon
China COVID-19 News
: China has ordered the lock down of the Northeastern city called Jilin and has partially shut its borders, cut off transport links and closed schools after the emergence of a local coronavirus cluster that has fuelled fears about a second wave of infections in China. More cities are expected to be shut down in the next few days.
The city of Jilin, with a population of more than four million, suspended bus services today (13th
May) and said it will only allow residents to leave the city if they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past 48 hours and complete an unspecified period of "strict self-isolation".
All parks, cinemas, indoor gyms, internet cafes and other enclosed entertainment venues were shut immediately, and pharmacies have to report all sales of fever and antiviral medicines, the local government said in a statement.
The scenic city is located in the eponymous province of Jilin, which borders Russia and North Korea.
Over the weekend, a cluster of infections was reported in the suburb of Shulan, with Jilin's vice mayor warning Wednesday that the situation was "extremely severe and complicated" and "there is major risk of further spread".
Although local media in China said that Jilin recorded six new cases on Wednesday, all linked to the Shulan cluster, bringing the total number of cases connected to a local laundry worker to 21, local doctors and health officials are saying the situation is in much dire and that all hospitals are overflowing with sick patients almost reminiscence of the early days in Wuhan.
The suburb of Shulan had shut down public transport including trains leaving the city on Sunday.
Also Jilin city, the second-largest in Jilin province, suspended train services from its main railway station Wednesday morning, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The Jilin city announced Wednesday that schools that had reopened in recent weeks would have to shut again, with students returning to online learning.
High school students across Jilin province returned to campuses on April 7 after months at home, while some younger students had been scheduled to resume classes this week, according to CCTV.
Though China claimed it has largely brought the virus under control, it has been on edge about a potential second wave as it has lifted lockdowns across the country.
The sudden emergence of new cases in Wuhan in recent days, after weeks without fresh infections, has prompted a campaign to test all 14 million residents in the city where COVID-19 first emerged late last year. However doctors and officials are saying that the reason the central government is ordering emergency measures to do so is largely due to concerns of a large number of medical anomalies being reported among recovered patients and also due to more asymptomatic cases emerging exponentially.
There are also speculations the provinces of Xinjiang, Guangdong and Heilongjiang will be also under lock down soon.
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