Thursday, October 28, 2021

China places southeastern cities in hard lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise

A coastal Chinese city has tightened lockdown restrictions by preventing hundreds of thousands of residents from leaving and punishing those who do so, amid a widespread delta variant outbreak.

The Fujian Provincial Health Commission confirmed 15 cases on 24 September, with 11 cases in Xiamen City. As of Friday, the city had a total of 222 cases over the past two weeks, which is higher than the official infection figures reported in the city of Putin, the epicenter of the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

Given that the Chinese regime is known to underestimate the number of infections, official counts are unlikely to represent a total, but they reflect a high infection rate in the city of Xiamen.

The beautiful coastal city of Xiamen closed major tourist destinations, issued travel restrictions, and closed all non-essential places at the start of the new outbreak.

The regime’s top health officials need efforts by the city to monitor and control the movements of people, introduce mass testing and put more close contacts under quarantine, said Sun Chunyang, deputy director of the National Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention. . Conference on 21st September.

The Tongan district, an area that accounts for 90 percent of cases reported in the city, told residents “not to leave the house except under exceptional circumstances” and “gathering is prohibited” in Thursday’s notice.

More than 660,000 residents in the Tongan district are currently on their seventh day of lockdown after authorities ordered them to stay at home on 16 September. The CCP (Communist Party of China) official panel tasked with controlling and preventing the spread of the virus was shut down. Residential complexes and villages affected by the outbreak were closed.

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According to state media Xinhua, Xiamen police said in another notice on Thursday that they sentenced two men to five days of administrative custody as punishment after both tried to cross a fence to leave Tongan district. Of.

The two were stopped when they tried to exit the area for the first time on September 22 by the staff posted at the entrance of the district. Police arrested them later while they were crossing the fence to make a detour around the checkpoints.

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A medical worker collects samples to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Xiamen, China’s eastern Fujian province on September 18, 2021. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Tongan leadership vowed to complete its fifth round of mass testing on Thursday. Yang Hua (pseudonym) of the district’s Guanxun village told The Epoch Times that residents are afraid to receive tests because the site is too crowded.

He said that from 4 am on September 20, he started queuing for nucleic acid test, but his test was not done till 9 pm. More than 50,000 residents of the village had to receive a nucleic acid test at one place.

“You won’t know [the real situation] From the official report,” she said.

Another resident of Tongan’s Panxu city said there were some fights in the queue as everyone expected the first test.

The outbreak in the city of Xiamen has prompted other cities across the country to issue travel warnings ahead of the tourist season that begins in late September.

A major national holiday begins with China’s Mid-Autumn Festival. Normally, millions of people are expected to travel across the country.

Hong Ning and Zhang Yujie contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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