Xian, an ancient city in northwestern Shanxi Province, registered 175 new local symptom cases on Tuesday.
Xi’an carried out raids across the city and placed its 13 million residents under severe lockdown last week, closing schools, public spaces and transportation in addition to essential services such as supermarkets and hospitals. Residents were barred from leaving their homes except for emergencies such as medical emergencies.
It is China’s largest lockout since Wuhan sealed 11 million people.
As cases continue to escalate, Xian tightened locking measures on Monday, saying all residents should stay home if the mass is not allowed to go outside the checkpoint. Previously, each family was allowed to send a designated person out to buy groceries once every two days.
On the Chinese social media site Weibo, some Xian residents on Tuesday complained that they were running out of groceries at home.
Under the new rules, university students will be required to wear N95 masks and medical gloves at supermarkets, shops, logistics centers and markets selling agricultural products, unless there are special requirements. Xian government.
The report says that the authorities will adjust the control measures based on the results of the latest round of mass testing.
Authorities began disinfecting the entire city late Sunday, with workers in safety gear and trucks spraying disinfectant on roads, underground trains, buildings and the air. Residents were warned to close their windows and not to touch exterior surfaces and plants.
On Monday night, state media reported that 150 Army doctors from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force – some with experience of combating the initial Govt-19 explosion in Wuhan – were sent to Xi’an to assist local hospitals.
Authorities believe the cluster was connected to an incoming flight from Pakistan on December 4, where at least six passengers were found to have a delta variant. So far, no cases of Omicron variant have been reported in Xi’an.
The city is also a major transportation hub in western China. Its airport has been almost closed since last week, with all domestic flights canceled.
According to Flight Tracker Veriflight, 681 flights departing and arriving at Xian Airport on Tuesday were canceled.
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