Covid: new alert in China, a city of five million inhabitants placed in quarantine

China continues to apply tough restrictive measures to deal with the health crisis. The city of Anyang, which has 5 million inhabitants, has been placed in quarantine after the appearance of cases of Covid-19, in particular of the Omicron strain.

Anyang City on Monday evening ordered its residents to stay in their homes and banned the circulation of private vehicles. Non-essential businesses have been closed and a general screening campaign has been launched to “prevent the spread of the Omicron strain,” according to the official China New news agency.

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

— The Associated Press (@AP) January 11, 2022

The city has recorded 84 contaminations since Saturday, including at least two cases of the Omicron variant, linked to contaminations in the port metropolis of Tianjin (north). This city bordering Beijing on Sunday prohibited its 14 million inhabitants from leaving municipal limits.

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

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