Chinese province reinstates tight restrictions amid fresh outbreak

  • Chinese province reinstates tight restrictions amid fresh outbreak

Chinese province reinstates tight restrictions amid fresh outbreak

The National Health Commission said on Wednesday that a total of 103 new COVID-19 cases were reported on January 19, down from 118 a day earlier.

Capital Beijing, which reported two new local infections, now requires travellers from overseas to undergo health monitoring for seven additional days following 21 days of medical observation.

A fourth northern province, Liaoning, has also imposed quarantines and travel restrictions to prevent the virus from further spreading, part of measures being imposed across much of the country to prevent new outbreaks during during February's Lunar New Year holiday.

During a press conference today, spokesperson of the Beijing municipal government, Xu Hejian said that the capital city still faces a severe epidemic prevention and control situation in fending off the risks brought by imported cases and the resurgence of domestically transmitted ones.

Of these new patients, six live in Daxing district.

China was dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast on Tuesday, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans ahead of next month's Lunar New Year holiday. So, on Tuesday, the northeastern province of Heilongjiang made a show of chastising 16 officials for "neglecting their duties in the viral fight", as the state-run Global Times put it. Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang province, has temporarily shut down businesses and public venues such as gyms, coffee shops, karaokes and religious institutions. The man was tied to a tree and verbally abused under the party official's directions.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 119 on Saturday from 79 on Friday.

Since January 2, Shijiazhuang has registered 745 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, including one death, and 12 of them have been discharged from hospital after recovery. The data excludes cases from Macau and Hong Kong, which are Chinese cities but report new cases independently, and self-ruled Taiwan which China claims as its own.