China has locked down almost 1 million residents of Jiangxia, a district on the outskirts of Wuhan, the Chinese city that saw the world’s first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.
What Happened: The residents of Wuhan’s district have been told to stay in their homes and not go out unless necessary, underscoring how far the nation is from post-pandemic normalcy, Bloomberg reported.
This is the second time since the start of the pandemic that the city has been locked down; it was first sealed off more than two years ago because of what was then called “mysterious pneumonia.”
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Jiangxia authorities on Tuesday shut down all public transport and entertainment venues for three days after four asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were found in the district.
The report pointed out that, for now, the restrictions are contained to just one district, but it is likely to spark concerns about widening curbs.
After the first lockdown in 2020, Wuhan had set a precedent for Chinese authorities to handle flare-ups in other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Xi Jinping‘s government is sticking to its Zero-Covid strategy of lockdowns, movement restrictions, and mass testing. The country reported 604 local cases for Tuesday, down from 868 a day earlier.
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