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·         Over 100 Million in China’s Northeast Face Renewed Lockdown

... A sense of deja vu is permeating Jilin city, which underwent the same strict lockdown implemented in most of China in February and March...

 

·         China shuts down city after failed bid to contain second coronavirus outbreak

China's city Jilin is in the midst of a Wuhan-style lockdown after a botched attempt to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections which saw six officials get sacked

 

 

Over 100 Million in China’s Northeast Face Renewed Lockdown

 

Bloomberg News

via MSN - May 18, 2020

 

Some 108 million people in China’s northeast region are being plunged back under lockdown conditions as a new and growing cluster of infections causes a backslide in the nation’s return to normal.

 

In an abrupt reversal of the re-opening taking place across the nation, cities in Jilin province have cut off trains and buses, shut schools and quarantined tens of thousands of people. The strict measures have dismayed many residents who had thought the worst of the nation’s epidemic was over.

 

People “are feeling more cautious again,” said Fan Pai, who works at a trading company in Shenyang, a city in nearby Liaoning province that’s also facing renewed restrictions. “Children playing outside are wearing masks again” and health care workers are walking around in protective gear, she said. “It’s frustrating because you don’t know when it will end.”

 

While the cluster of 34 infections isn’t growing as quickly the outbreak in Wuhan which started the global pandemic last December, China’s swift and powerful reaction reflects its fear of a second wave after it curbed the virus’s spread at great economic and social cost. It’s also a sign of how fragile the re-opening process will be in China and elsewhere as even the slightest hint of a resurgence of infections could prompt a return to strict lockdown.

 

The government of Shulan, a city in Jilin, said on WeChat Monday it would put in place its strictest measures yet to contain the virus. Residential compounds with confirmed or suspected cases will be closed off, with only one person from each family allowed to leave to purchase essentials for two hours every two days...

 

... A sense of deja vu is permeating Jilin city, which underwent the same strict lockdown implemented in most of China in February and March...

 

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China shuts down city after failed bid to contain second coronavirus outbreak

China's city Jilin is in the midst of a Wuhan-style lockdown after a botched attempt to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections which saw six officials get sacked

 

By Sofie Jackson, Daily Star (UK)

18 May 2020

 

A bustling city in China with a population of 4.4 million people has announced a new Wuhan-style lockdown after a second wave of coronavirus infections.

 

Officials in Jilin, the former capital and second-largest city in Jilin Province, put Fengman District on "high alert" yesterday.

 

The district recorded three new locally transmitted cases and one further death.

 

It comes one week after Shulan, which is administered by Jilin, went on lockdown and quarantined 8,000 people in a failed bid to contain the second outbreak.

 

On Saturday, the local government sacked six officials, including Shulan Communist Party Chief Li Pengfei, over their handling of the second wave, which has so far resulted in 18 confirmed cases since May 7.

 

Fengman District has recorded 12 cases of local infection in the same period and was put on lockdown starting today after a 15-point directive from the local health commission.

 

The Wuhan-style travel restrictions include bans on all outbound foot and vehicle traffic, as well as the closure of schools and entertainment venues such as cinemas, gyms and restaurants.

 

Residential districts have been hit with personal restrictions...

 

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