lørdag 8. januar 2022

With Another Outbreak in Henan, China Battles to Beat the Virus

As the number of COVID-19 infections in the northwestern city of Xi’an gradually declines, dozens of cases in a neighboring province have posed challenges for authorities to contain the virus surge that has prolonged for nearly three months. Six cities in the central Henan province logged 64 of the country’s 132 locally transmitted infections on Wednesday, according to the National Health Commission. The city of Xuchang reported 50 confirmed cases, with others detected in Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Zhoukou, Shangqiu, and Gushi.

The infections in Xuchang were discovered just days after the city of Yuzhou placed more than 1 million residents in lockdown Monday over three asymptomatic carriers. Local authorities in Xuchang, which administers Yuzhou, had promised the latter provision of 5,000 rooms for centralized quarantine in case of a surge in infections. As of Thursday afternoon, Xuchang hadn’t announced any restrictions other than discouraging residents from leaving the city.