Anger at Xi’an Lockdown Spreads in China

Account of woman who lost her unborn baby in the eighth month of pregnancy after being denied medical attention prompts outcry

 

By Liyan Qi, The Wall Street Journal

Jan. 5, 2022

 

Authorities in the Chinese city of Xi’an relented in some of their pandemic restrictions after a nationwide outcry over the account of a woman who lost her unborn baby in the eighth month of pregnancy after being denied medical attention for hours.

 

For two weeks, the city’s 13 million residents have been confined to their homes in response to an outbreak in which about 1,800 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19, a big outbreak for China. Most of Xi’an’s cases have been mild, authorities say, and no one has died of the virus. Still, the city has closed most public services in measures similar to those in Wuhan, the first epicenter of the coronavirus, two years ago. Only a limited number of Xi’an’s hospitals have been open to non-Covid-19 patients...

 

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Chinese City Locks Down 13 Million Residents To Fight Covid Outbreak

With Beijing preparing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in February, China is on high alert as it fights local outbreaks in several cities.

 

Agence France-Presse

via New Delhi Television (NDTV India) - December 22, 2021

 

Beijing, China: The northern Chinese city of Xi'an ordered all 13 million residents to stay home in a strict lockdown Wednesday, while dramatically tightening travel controls to fight a growing Covid-19 outbreak.

 

With Beijing preparing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in February, China is on high alert as it fights local outbreaks in several cities.

 

Xi'an reported 52 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 143 since December 9.

 

From midnight on Thursday, all households may only "send one household member outside once every two days to purchase necessities," with all others ordered to remain indoors except for emergencies, the city government said in a statement on its official Weibo social media account.

 

Residents "should not leave the city unless necessary," the government said, adding that those seeking to leave would have to provide evidence of "special circumstances" and apply for approval.

 

The orders came a day after the city began testing all of its 13 million residents.

 

Long-distance bus stations were closed and authorities have set up disease control checkpoints on highways out of Xi'an, government notices said.

 

More than 85 percent of flights to and from the city's main airport have been grounded, according to flight tracker VariFlight...

 

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China locks down city of 1.2 million after three coronavirus cases

Yuzhou city in Henan province announced that all citizens were required to stay home to control the spread of the virus

 

AFP

via Arab News - January 04, 2022

 

BEIJING: More than one million people in a city in central China were being confined to their homes on Tuesday after three asymptomatic coronavirus cases were recorded in the country’s latest mass lockdown.

 

Beijing has pursued a “zero Covid” approach with tight border restrictions and targeted lockdowns since the virus first emerged.

 

But the strategy has come under pressure with a series of recent local outbreaks and with just a month to go until the Winter Olympics.

 

Yuzhou, a city with a population of around 1.17 million people in Henan province, announced that from Monday night all citizens were required to stay home to control the spread of the virus.

 

The announcement was triggered by the discovery of three cases in the last couple of days.

 

People in the central area “must not go out,” according to a statement posted Monday, while all communities will set up “sentinels and gates to strictly implement epidemic prevention and control measures.”

 

The city had already announced that it was halting bus and taxi services and closing shopping malls, museums and tourist attractions...

 

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