China quietly locks down area near Beijing after COVID-19 cases

China quietly locks down area near Beijing after COVID-19 cases

28/1/2022 8:31:00 AM

China quietly locks down area near Beijing after COVID-19 cases

BEIJING: Chinese authorities locked down an area neighbouring the capital city of Beijing this week following a handful of reported COVID-19 cases, but made no public announcements about the fresh restrictions with just a week until the Winter Olympics. Around 1.2 million people in Xiong\u0027an New Area -\u0026nbsp

BEIJING: Chinese authorities locked down an area neighbouring the capital city of Beijing this week following a handful of reported COVID-19 cases, but made no public announcements about the fresh restrictions with just a week until the Winter Olympics.

Around 1.2 million people in Xiong'an New Area - a new economic zone 100km southwest of Beijing - are no longer allowed to enter or leave their residential compounds, local virus prevention staff confirmed to AFP on Friday (Jan 28).While recent lockdowns in China are publicly announced and widely reported by state media, the Xiong'an restrictions appear to have been introduced by stealth with no public announcements - sparking confusion among some residents of the area.

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Quietly See this excellent thread by RnaudBertrand who lives in China to show that this news was widely circulated and published in China. CNA really need to do better than to repeat fake news!!!

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LinkedIn BEIJING: Chinese authorities locked down an area neighbouring the capital city of Beijing this week following a handful of reported COVID-19 cases, but made no public announcements about the fresh restrictions with just a week until the Winter Olympics. Around 1.2 million people in Xiong'an New Area - a new economic zone 100km southwest of Beijing - are no longer allowed to enter or leave their residential compounds, local virus prevention staff confirmed to AFP on Friday (Jan 28). While recent lockdowns in China are publicly announced and widely reported by state media, the Xiong'an restrictions appear to have been introduced by stealth with no public announcements - sparking confusion among some residents of the area. "We expect this (lockdown) to last around a week, but the exact timing is uncertain," said virus prevention staff in Xiong County, one of three counties in the area. The restrictions kicked in on Tuesday, they added - the same day authorities in another district noted five confirmed coronavirus infections had been discovered to date. Related: China drops plans to sell Olympic tickets as COVID-19 cases rise With the Winter Olympics beginning next week, Chinese authorities have scrambled to eradicate flare-ups in several major cities, including Beijing. Cities such as Xi'an and Anyang have experienced hard lockdowns in recent weeks, with residents confined to their homes until multiple rounds of mass testing are completed and the outbreak suppressed. Some users on China's Twitter-like Weibo were seen asking for further information about restrictions, while others questioned the extent of measures. "Is there a need? Why can't we go home if the area is deemed low-risk? Don't make this one-size-fits-all," said a Weibo user this week. Another said Thursday:"I don't think I'll be able to go home for Chinese New Year." While there have been a number of national-level"New Areas" across China, Xiong'an stands out with its location personally designated by President Xi Jinping, according to state media. China, where the coronavirus first emerged, has upheld a strict"zero-COVID" strategy involving targeted lockdowns, tight border controls and mass testing. Its case numbers are tiny in comparison to the rest of the world. A month-long lockdown on the megacity of Xi'an was lifted earlier this week after a cluster that grew to more than 2,100 cases - China's largest outbreak in months - was largely stamped out. But stubborn flare-ups have persisted, including in Beijing and the nearby port city of Tianjin. China reported 39 domestic COVID-19 cases on Friday. The Winter Olympics will be held in a strict"closed loop" bubble that separates everyone involved in the Games from the wider Chinese population in a bid to reduce the risk of infections leaking out.