China locks down a city of 11 million people after a surge in coronavirus cases.
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China has locked down a city of around 11 million people located in the northern province of Hebel in an attempt to stem the surge in cases. The city, Shijiazhuang, is located close to the Chinese capital, Beijing. All residents have been ordered to stay within the city. They are not allowed to use train, buses and major highways. All flights from and into the city have been cancelled. Residents are not allowed to use their cars, but there is no information regarding work, if businesses will close. All gatherings and schools have been banned.
These restrictions are considered to be the strictest since the pandemic slowed down in China back in March. The lock-down was implemented after the city reported 117 new cases last Wednesday. This makes up a huge proportion of the new cases in China on that day. A total of 123 new cases were reported in China last Wednesday, the highest number since late October. The next day the city of Shijiazhuang reported 31 new cases.
Hebei province’s health commission sent 1,000 medical personnel to Shijiazhuang on Wednesday. Chinese authorities have encouraged people to stay inside while they work to make sure that the upcoming Lunar New Year, will not be hindered in any way.