China’s Govt-19 cases have risen as Xian tightens controls

  • 162 local symptom cases in China and 158 days ago
  • In Xian 150 cases for Sunday and 155 Saturday
  • Cyan orders non-essential vehicles off the roads and launches a new mass test

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Reuters) – China’s Xian tightened restrictions on travel within the city on Monday, launching a new round of testing on the fifth day of its lockdown of 13 million people.

Xian reported 150 new local symptom corona virus cases on Sunday, slightly lower than the previous day’s 155, and warned that individuals violating the rules on travel or testing could face detention and fines.

The case numbers in Cyan are small compared to many clusters in other countries, but in line with the government’s drive to control the eruption immediately, authorities have imposed strict restrictions on entry into and out of the city.

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Of the 635 cases confirmed in Xian from December 9 to Sunday, authorities did not report any infection with the Omicron variant. China has detected international travelers and only a handful of Omigron infections in its south.

Nationwide, 162 domestic symptom cases were reported in China on Sunday, up from 158 a day earlier. This represents the highest number since the official daily bulletin began classifying asymptomatic carriers separately at the end of March last year.

Since last week, Xian residents have not been allowed to leave the city without the permission of their employer or authorities.

From Monday, no vehicles will be allowed for antivirus or public livelihoods and violators could face up to 10 days in police custody and a fine of 500 yuan ($ 78.48).

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On Monday, residents were told by the city not to leave the house unless samples were provided in the new round-the-city test. If the test is negative, people in low-risk areas will be allowed to buy necessities, the city government said.

Police said anyone who refuses to follow the rules during the test could face detention and fines, including keeping each other in line.

Xian has also launched a nationwide disinfection campaign, with workers spraying disinfectant solutions on roads and buildings.

Tongyan Jin, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong, says mass disinfection of outdoor air and surfaces seems unnecessary, as people are less likely to catch COVID-19 from outside surfaces or outside air.

“It kills mosquitoes with artillery,” Jin said, adding that it was necessary to disinfect the inner surfaces, especially in areas visited by infected people.

Infections have been found in two other cities in Shanxi Province – the same province as Xian – and in Guangxi Province and Zhejiang, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces.

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Reported by Roxanne Liu and Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Himani Sarkar, Kenneth Maxwell and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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