Omicron to contaminate greater than 50% of Europe area’s inhabitants in 6-8 weeks, says WHO chief

Healthworkers give residents a second spherical of nucleic acid testing on January 10, Hua County, Anyang Metropolis, Henan Province. (Wang Zirui/Costfoto/Future Publishing/Getty Photographs)

A 3rd Chinese language metropolis has been positioned beneath strict lockdown because the nation tries to comprise localized outbreaks of Covid-19, native authorities stated Tuesday.

That raises the overall variety of individuals now confined to their houses in China to roughly 20 million, with the Beijing Winter Olympics simply over three weeks away.

All 5.5 million residents of Anyang metropolis in central Henan province will not be allowed to go away their houses, whereas outlets, eating places and factories stay shut, the Anyang municipal authorities stated.

Greater than 4,000 college students and employees from an Anyang college have been positioned in government-run quarantine facilities after 9 individuals examined constructive for the virus, native authorities added.

Town has reported a complete of 84 Covid-19 instances because it detected two native Omicron infections on January 8.

On Tuesday, China reported 110 new native symptomatic Covid-19 instances, the Nationwide Well being Fee (NHC) stated in a press release. China counts asymptomatic instances individually.

Strict lockdowns: Anyang is the third Chinese language metropolis after Xi’an within the northwest Shaanxi province and Yuzhou, additionally in Henan, to implement a full Covid lockdown.

Restrictions have been positioned on Xi’an’s 13 million residents on December 23. Within the days and weeks since, complaints about meals shortages and experiences of sufferers being denied medical care have shocked the nation.

On January 2, Yuzhou, residence to 1.2 million individuals, was positioned beneath lockdown after it reported three asymptomatic instances.

Yuzhou recorded 74 symptomatic native instances on Monday, the biggest present outbreak within the nation, in keeping with the NHC. 

In the meantime, 29 residential communities in Tianjin metropolis are beneath lockdown after Omicron was detected in not less than two residents Saturday — China’s first reported neighborhood unfold of the extremely transmittable variant.

Tianjin reported 21 infections on Monday — 11 symptomatic and 10 asymptomatic — bringing the overall of its present outbreak to 53.

Town of 14 million is positioned simply 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of Beijing, the place the Winter Olympics are because of start February 4.

Zero-Covid technique: China is among the solely locations on this planet nonetheless aiming to remove Covid-19 inside its borders.

However the frustrations of locked down residents underscore the rising problem dealing with its zero-Covid coverage, which depends on a playbook of mass testing, in depth quarantines and snap lockdowns to stamp out any resurgence of the virus.

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