While almost everyone in the world is moving forward with COVID, the source of the virus, China, seems to continue to struggle with its number of cases.
To avoid an outbreak of Coronavirus cases caused by the highly transmissible Omicron subvariant, some parts of the historic Chinese city of Xi’an were closed down once again. Officials stated that the 13 million population will be on lockdown for one week.
The ancient city of Xi’an endured a month-long lockdown in the latter part of last year. Since Saturday, 18 cases have been reported in the city.
According to an official statement, the infections are brought on by the rapidly increasing Omicron variant, which is already a dominant strain in the US and UK.
China’s strict zero-Covid policy has led to endless lockdowns.
More details of China’s endless lockdowns via VOA News:
Businesses, schools and restaurants in Xi’an will close for one week, officials said Tuesday, after the Chinese city logged a handful of COVID-19 cases as outbreaks nationwide strain Beijing’s zero-tolerance virus approach.
China is the last major economy wedded to a zero-COVID strategy, deploying snap lockdowns, quarantines and travel curbs in a bid to weed out new infections.
Xi’an — a historic city of 13 million that endured a month-long lockdown at the end of last year — has reported 18 cases since Saturday in a cluster driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, according to official notices.
City official Zhang Xuedong said at a Tuesday press conference that Xi’an would implement “seven-day temporary control measures” that would “allow society to quieten down as much as possible, reduce mobility… and cut the risk of cross-infection”.
Public entertainment venues including pubs, internet cafes and karaoke bars would shut their doors from midnight on Wednesday, the city government said in a notice.
Back in March China locked down 51 million people amid a Covid outbreak in the northeastern province of Jilin and the southern cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan.