More than 100 million people in renewed lockdown in China - media

More than 100 million people in renewed lockdown in China - media

More than 100 million people in China’s northeast region are once again under lockdown restrictions after new cases of coronavirus have emerged in the region over the past few weeks, according to Bloomberg.

Roughly 108 million people are under lockdown restrictions after about 34 new cases of coronavirus and one death were recently reported in the Jilin province. At least three new COVID-19 cases were reported Saturday and two Sunday. Overall, the Jilin province has just 127 total confirmed cases and two deaths since the virus emerged late last year. That’s compared to the 68,134 cases reported in Hubei province where the virus originated. 

Government officials throughout the province have stopped buses and trains from going in and out of the region, and schools have been shut down. Tens of thousands of people are also being quarantined.

On Monday, government officials from Shulan, a city in the province, said it would impose its strictest restrictions yet to try to contain the outbreak, including closing off residential compounds with confirmed and suspected cases. Officials would also allow only one person from each family to leave to buy essential supplies for two hours every two days. 

Last week, Wuhan reported six new cases, breaking a 35-day streak of zero new daily cases. The government in the city has not reimposed a lockdown but is currently testing all 11 million residents. 

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