China locks down city of 300,000 over single COVID case

A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Jing'an district of Shanghai on July 11, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
BEIJING — Hundreds of thousands of people were under lockdown in a small Chinese city on Tuesday after just one COVID-19 was detected, as Beijing's strict no-tolerance virus strategy showed no sign of abating.اضافة اعلان

China is the last major economy glued to a zero-COVID policy, crushing new outbreaks with snap lockdowns, forced quarantines, and onerous travel curbs despite mounting public fatigue and damage to the economy.

Authorities in several regions have imposed various restrictions as they struggle to tamp down fresh flare-ups driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

After reporting a new domestic infection, the steelmaking hub of Wugang in Henan province announced Monday that it would implement three days of "closed control" in response to "the needs of disease prevention," according to an official notice.

None of the city's 320,000 people are allowed to set foot outside their homes until midday Thursday, the notice said, adding that local authorities would deliver necessities.

The notice said that residents are not allowed to use their cars without permission and must get official authorization to travel under "closed-loop" conditions in case of emergencies.

According to Bloomberg, the city is home to one of China's biggest steel firms, Wuyang Iron & Steel Co., which exports to the United States, Japan, and other major Western economies.

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