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China puts 4.9 million residents under lockdown amid new COVID-19 threat

By Saima Siddiqui 
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China puts 4.9 million residents under lockdown amid new COVID-19 threat

Beijing: The country that had mostly contained the Corona Virus infection has once again underwent lockdown as the Government authorities of China reportedly imposed lockdown in areas surrounding National Capital, Beijing, on Tuesday, locking nearly 4.9 million residents in their homes as new infections raised worries about a second wave in the nation.

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Though, the number of new cases in China reported on Tuesday almost halved from a day earlier and are now just a small fraction of what it saw at the peak of the outbreak in early 2020. However, local authorities are exercising strict measures whenever new cases emerge to prevent the kind of economic paralysis the country witnessed a year ago.

Meanwhile, National Health Commission in its report had listed 55 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, down from 103 a day earlier. Whereas, Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, accounted for 40 of the 42 locally transmitted infections, with the capital and northeastern Heilongjiang province reporting one local case each.

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The city of Langfang in Hebei on Tuesday announced that it will put its 4.9 million residents put under home quarantine for seven days and they will be subjected to mass COVID-10 testing in the latest attempt to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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Two counties, Guan and Sanhe, under Langfang’s jurisdiction bordering Beijing, had already announced home quarantine measures. Recently Guan had reported one new COVID-19 case but Sanhe did not revealed whether any of its residents were diagnosed with the disease or any new case emerged in the county.

Shijiazhuang, Hebei’s capital, has already placed its 11 million people under lockdown as it was one of the badly hit city in the latest surge of infections. The province has also shut down certain sections of highways and has directed vehicles registered to Shijiazhuang to turn back.

As per Chinese media, Gaocheng district in Shijiazhuang is gathering more than 20,000 people living in 12 remote villages into centralised quarantine as part of the city’s COVID-19 control.

A new guideline issued by the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control recommends that taxi and ride-hailing operators suspend car-pooling services, as per media reports.

The guideline also stated that drivers should get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 every week and be vaccinated in order to work.

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Meanwhile, the number of new asymptomatic cases across China has risen to 81 from 76 a day earlier. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in mainland China now stands at 87,591, while the death toll still sits at 4,634.

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