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Update: Yuzhou in C China announces lockdown after recording 3 asymptomatic cases in 2 days

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By Global Times Published: Jan 03, 2022 11:43 AM Updated: Jan 03, 2022 11:11 PM

Yuzhou, a small city in Central China's Henan Province, announced on Monday that it will enter a lockdown starting Monday night, after it reported three asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the past two days. All citizens are required to stay at home.

The city's lockdown follows the closure of Xi'an, a city of 13 million people in neighboring Shaanxi Province of Northwest China. Located 500 km from Yuzhou, Xi'an did not announce a lockdown until more than 100 people contracted the virus and might have led to a much worse situation. As of Monday, Xi'an has reported more than 1,600 cases in the latest flareup of COVID-19.

Many netizens wrote on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform, that they believe the lockdown is currently the best way to contain the virus for a small city like Yuzhou and sent their best wishes to Yuzhou citizens.

Yuzhou has a population of 1.17 million according to the latest census of 2021.

After finding two asymptomatic cases on Sunday, the city of Yuzhou has taken emergency measures to contain the virus including suspending public transportation, in-person education and lockdown of downtown districts.

On Sunday night, the city issued a notice on epidemic prevention suspending all kinds of public transportation and public gathering activities after two asymptomatic infections were detected and transferred to the designated hospital for treatment.

Epidemiological checks of the two silent cases showed that they had never traveled to other places in the past 14 days.

According to the notice, all the buses, taxi cabs, car-hailing services and public transit in the city were suspended. Shopping malls and supermarkets around the city also suspended all their operations except keeping supplies for daily necessities. Onsite teaching activities at schools were suspended.

Museums, stadiums, tourist attractions, chess and card rooms, internet cafes and other enclosed entertainment and leisure places were ordered to halt operation.

Downtown area in the city was locked down with all personnel not allowed to enter or exit the area. People returning to the city have to report proactively to their communities or companies.

Workers from industries that are essential to epidemic prevention, such as production, transportation and sales of medicines and prevention equipment have to register and go to work with certificates issued by their companies.

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