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Friday, December 02, 2022

China locks down city of 9 million people as Omicron tests its zero tolerance policy

Chinese officials have locked down a city of 9 million people as the Omicron variant tests its zero tolerance approach to COVID-19.

Residents of the north-eastern city of Changchun have been told not to leave their homes, with one person from each family allowed outside every two days to buy provisions.

China reported another 397 cases of local transmission nationwide on Friday (local time), 98 of them in Jilin province that surrounds Changchun, a center of the country’s auto industry.

In the entire province, cases have exceeded 1,100 since the latest outbreak first struck late last week.

Just two cases were reported within Changchun itself on Friday, bringing its total to 78 in recent days.

Testing ramped up

All residents must undergo three rounds of mass testing, while non-essential businesses have been closed and transport links suspended.

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