Lockdown in China: Tight restrictions imposed for 13 million residents in Xian due to rising COVID-19 cases

Beijing: The Chinese city of Xian has imposed strict restrictions on going out and in and out of the city. has put its 13 million residents into lockdown as a new COVID-19 outbreak keeps community cases high. The daily number of domestically transmitted COVID-19 infections with confirmed symptoms in Xian has increased for six consecutive days since December 17. This brought the total number of local cases during December 9-22 to over 200, which is less than many outbreaks outside China. No infections caused by the Omicron type have been detected in Xian. In line with Beijing’s stance that no fires should be allowed to spread, Xian has made it difficult for residents to move out. (china lockdown)

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These are the restrictions in the city

Those who wish to travel out of town need to test negative for COVID-19 before departure and seek clearance from employers or community-level authorities. The city has suspended long-distance bus services and banned taxis and cars hired on ride-hailing platforms for out-of-town trips, and highways to stop those who intend to go. Police has been sent on exit. Livestreaming videos provided by the local traffic police on social media showed some highway sections in Xian were nearly empty. From Thursday, only one person in each Xian family can go out for essential purchases every two days, while other family members must stay at home unless they have essential tasks.

All domestic flights canceled (China lockdown)

According to data provided by Variflight, all domestic flights to and from Xian already scheduled for Thursday have been cancelled. Outbound flights from Xian are still available for Friday, online travel booking apps show. The city has run at least two rounds of large-scale testing. Some other local areas, such as Sichuan province and Chongqing city, demanded those who had recently been to Xian be quarantined for 14 days before they could travel freely for another 14 days.National Health Commission For Wednesday, mainland China confirmed a total of 71 local symptomatic cases, including 63 in Xian, according to a statement from the United States. No new deaths were reported, bringing the national death toll to 4,636. Mainland China had 100,644 confirmed cases as of 22 December, including both local and international travellers. (china lockdown)

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