China confines four million inhabitants to northeast

the essential On 101 days of the launch of the Olympic Games, the Chinese authorities imposed a new confinement in Lanzhou, in the North-West. Any exit outside the home will now be possible only for “essential purchases”, an imperative linked to the epidemic, or “emergency medical treatment”.

This Tuesday 26 October, the Chinese authorities imposed a lockdown in Lanzhou, in the North-West, which has four million inhabitants, due to a rebound in Covid cases – 19, a hundred days away from the Beijing Winter Olympics. All living quarters in this city, capital of Gansu province, will be subject to “closed management” with strict movement control, the municipality announced.

Any exit outside the home will now be possible only for “essential purchases”, an imperative linked to the epidemic, or “emergency medical treatment,” said a statement from the authorities. China on Tuesday reported nationwide 29 new cases of Covid – 19 of local origin. The majority are linked to the movements of a group of contaminated tourists.

If the figures may seem derisory compared to those recorded daily in other parts of the world, they are pushing the authorities to redouble their vigilance as China prepares to host the Winter Olympics from February 4 2022. A recent outbreak in Inner Mongolia, in the north of the country, has been responsible for more than 100 cases since last week. The Chinese authorities, which practice a policy of “zero tolerance” towards the virus, reacted swiftly, imposing restrictions and organizing mass screening campaigns in the affected regions.

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