According to news sources, China is tightening COVID-19 measures in some border cities in northeastern China, restricting travel and prohibiting public gatherings as the country battles an illness that has primarily affected the country’s northern regions. Some have said that the government is in a “pre-war” state of alert and monitoring. On Wednesday, Chinese officials confirmed the presence of 23 cases of locally transmitted symptomatology, according to newly released data released Thursday. This has decreased the number of confirmed cases, which has decreased from the previous day’s high of 50 to 270 overall since the outbreak began on October 17.
Northeast China Is On High COVID Alert
Because it has spread to more than a dozen provinces and is being implemented with a zero-tolerance policy, local officials have been compelled to tighten laws, putting additional pressure on the economy’s service sector, including the tourism and catering industries among others things. In the northern Chinese province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia, one locally confirmed case and three asymptomatic cases were detected during the week ending October 27. In China, these patients are recorded separately from those who have symptoms that have been validated.
A request has been made that all manufacturing and business operations in metropolitan regions be suspended, with the exception of those that are absolutely vital for the 1.3 million-person metropolis’ survival. There were restrictions on public road access as well as bus and taxi services because of non-essential reasons. Leaving specified metropolitan zones was strictly forbidden for both people and automobiles. According to local news outlets, flights into and out of the city and some train services were reported to have been halted on Wednesday. No one knows what caused the Heihe cluster to begin or whether any of the afflicted were linked to other outbreaks occurring elsewhere in the country or around the world.
According to Capital Economics senior China economist Julian Evans-Pritchard, high immunization rates in China might theoretically let the country convert to a less disruptive endemic strategy. Following government numbers announced on October 23, more than three-quarters of China’s population of 1.41 billion had been immunized with the vaccine. In the meantime, it’s essential to continue with caution, according to him. Even though the Winter Olympics will take place in February, it doesn’t appear that there will be much action until then.
The latest epidemic has not been reported in Jiamusi city, which is also on the Heilongjiang-Russia border. However, the city has declared a state of emergency for one week until November 3 and has declared a week of high alert. Additionally, it was requested that tourist sites be closed to visitors from outside Jiamusi, that meetings be shortened, and that visits to nursing homes and mental health facilities be halted altogether. Despite the fact that no new cases of the virus have been detected in Heilongjiang in the last week, the cities of Jixi and Mudanjiang, both in the province, have promised to enter “pre-war” mode, with more vigilance and closer surveillance.
It has been difficult for China to eradicate diseases in some of the country’s poorest border towns, which are more exposed to infection from foreign sources and lack the resources available in larger cities.