In December 2019, the corona virus spread from China to the world has affected life till date. However, China itself is also facing the outbreak of Corona. There is a spurt in cases due to Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19. Many strict restrictions have been imposed here including lockdown. According to state media, a central Chinese city has been under lockdown since Tuesday to prevent rising cases of coronavirus. Due to this, about 50 lakh residents have now been asked to stay at home.
At the same time, the capital Beijing is also on high alert as China is going to host the Winter Olympics next month. The condition of Corona in Tianjin, near Beijing itself, is very bad, from here thousands of people travel to and from the capital every day. Meanwhile, strategies like lockdown, border restrictions and quarantine have been put into effect.
Let us tell you that the rapidly spreading Omicron strain is presenting a new challenge to China. Two cases have been reported in Anyang, the new closed city in Henan province linked to rising infections in the northern metropolis of Tianjin, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) away.
Officials in Anyang announced a lockdown late Monday, ordering residents not to leave their homes or drive cars on the streets, according to a report. According to the report, all non-essential businesses have been closed. It was told that 58 new local infection cases have been registered in Anyang, due to which a total of 84 corona cases have been reported from the city since Saturday. However, it is not clear whether the new cases were linked to Omicron.
While at least three cities in Henan are grappling with rising new cases, the provincial capital Zhengzhou has closed schools and kindergartens and banned restaurants from accepting dine-in customers. Last week, Yuzhou City issued stay-at-home orders to one million people.
In addition, Tianjin, which is just 150 kilometers from Beijing, has banned people from traveling without official permission. Testing of all 40 lakh residents has been ordered and trains have been canceled in the Rajdhani. Tianjin is adjacent to the Winter Olympics venues in Beijing and Hebei province and 10 new locally transmitted cases have been confirmed after mass testing across the city. At the same time, the northern city of Xi’an is going to be three weeks before the lockdown. There is a stir when 2,000 cases have been reported here.
first published:Jan. 11, 2022, 12:46 p.m.