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China imposes a lockdown on 9 million residents in the northeastern industrial center of Changchun amid a new virus outbreak

In response to a fresh COVID-19 outbreak, China imposed a lockdown on 9 million residents in Changchun, a northeastern industrial hub. According to the directives, residents are not allowed to leave their houses for unspecified reasons and must endure three rounds of mass testing. Furthermore, the local government has shut down all non-essential enterprises and suspended all public transportation. The announcement came on a day when national authorities recorded over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in dozens of cities, the largest single-day increase in over two years. In the province of Jilin, which surrounds Changchun, 98 cases were discovered. Changchun, on the other hand, only reported two occurrences on Friday.

The Chinese government has consistently stated that every community or city where one or more instances of the virus have been reported will be placed under lockdown. China’s “zero tolerance” strategy to the coronavirus pandemic has stated these actions. The Chinese government has already enforced a partial curfew in Jilin city, which shares the same name as the province it is located in. As a precaution, travel links to other cities have been cut. In the city of Jilin today, 93 cases have been registered. The fast-spreading Omicron variety has also caused the closure of schools in Shanghai, China’s financial capital.
The nearly 1,000 new cases are the most since COVID-19 first emerged in China in early 2020. Domestically transmitted asymptomatic infections accounted for 703, while local symptomatic cases accounted for 397. Meanwhile, in Jilin city, which carries the same name as the neighboring province, Chinese authorities have imposed a partial COVID lockdown. After 93 additional cases were recorded in Jilin on Friday, travel links from there to other neighboring cities were shut off as a precaution.
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