Sudden new coronavirus cases hit China, Wuhan-style lockdown imposed
China has increased fears of a second wave of deadly coronavirus infections after sudden increase in cases in the northeastern provinces.
- Provinces in northeast China have reimposed several lockdown measures in reaction to 130 new cases of the coronavirus.
- Jilin, Liaoning, and Heilongjiang have all reimposed varying measures in response to the sudden increase in new cases.
- The threat level in the area has been raised to “high-risk” by health authorities.
China has reimposed lockdown measures on 108 million people in the northeastern provinces after clusters of fresh coronavirus cases emerged.
The threat level in the area has been raised to “high-risk” by health authorities.
The most recent 98 cases were in the province of Jilin, where its two main cities of Shulan and Jilin City were placed under a renewed lockdown.
Around 40,000 residents in the cities of Jilin and Shulan have been tested for coronavirus after officials were alerted towards a possible new outbreak.
Both the cities were sealed off using measures similar to those imposed in Wuhan.
All villages and residential compounds in the city were closed off. Only one person from each household was allowed out for two hours every second day for essentials.
Jilin borders North Korea and Russia, the latter being one of the worst-affected countries in the world.
With the borders sealed, officials suspect that the new outbreak can be traced back to Chinese nationals returning from Russia.
The number of cases in Jilin is around one hundred but experts there have warned of the threat of a “big explosion.”
In neighboring Liaoning province, the 8.3 million people in the capital Shenyang are also facing renewed restrictions after three new cases were found on the 11th of May.
The outbreaks in Jilin and Liaoning come nearly a month after a city in another neighboring province, Heilongjiang, saw an increase of 386 new cases.
On the 26th of April, Heilongjiang’s government imposed lockdown measures in the nearly 1 million-strong city of Mudanjiang, which borders Russia.
“The possibility of a second wave is clearly there,” said David Hui, the director of the Stanley Ho Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “China doesn’t want to take any chances.”
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