China: three cities locked down as Covid winter wave rolls in
The Chinese city of Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu in China, and Ejin, in the Inner Mongolia region have been locked down by China following fresh coronavirus outbreaks. Heihe, in Heilongjiang province has also been locked down. Residents have been ordered to stay at home and forbidden from leaving the far northeastern city except in emergencies.
Officials in Heihe have also begun testing 1.6 million residents and tracing close contacts of the infected person
South China Morning Post report
The overall COVID-19 situation in China is rapidly developing with proportion of severe cases higher than that of any previous outbreaks.
In the past 14 days, 14 provinces in China have reported domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases. The current epidemic is still in a rapidly-developing phase and remains complicated, Mi Feng, spokesperson from China’s National Health Commission said at a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
The risk of epidemic spread and spillover in China-Mongolia border city Ejin Banner, North China’s Inner Mongolia have been effectively controlled as the region had reported no further cases had spilled-over cases to other regions for four days since October 25.