Chinese city of Xian restricts movement and activities of residents amid COVID outbreak

The Chinese city of Xian has ordered its 13 million residents to stay at home and urged them not to leave the city unnecessarily as it struggles to contain the increase in COVID-19 cases under the directive of Beijing that the outbreaks must be stopped as quickly as possible. Xian, in northwest China, has reported more than 140 locally transmitted infections with symptoms confirmed since December 12 in its latest cluster caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

A handful of cities have detected cases linked to the Xian epidemic, including one in the capital Beijing. Despite this, the reported numbers are small compared to the many new outbreaks seen across the world, including some caused by the Omicron strain of the virus that emerged last month.

The Xian government, however, has vowed to restrict movement of its residents, as Beijing has signaled it will not tolerate a large spread of the infection. The city has yet to impose a severe lockdown like the one seen in early 2020 in the city of Wuhan, but has urged residents not to leave the city unless they are tested for COVID-19 before departure and d ” obtain authorization from employers or community authorities.

Local authorities have dissuaded more than 7,000 people from trying to leave, state broadcaster CCTV said, without giving further details. As of Thursday, only one person in each household in Xian can go out to do necessary groceries every two days, while other family members are to stay at home unless they have essential jobs. Xian government official Zhang Fenghu said during a press briefing.

The city has also suspended dining at restaurants and major conferences and exhibitions, closed non-essential businesses and told employees to work remotely. China has reported several cases of Omicron among international travelers and a locally transmitted infection.

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