China continues to apply drastic measures to deal with the health crisis. The city of Anyang, which has 5 million inhabitants, has in turn been placed in quarantine after the appearance of cases of Covid-19, in particular of the Omicron strain.
Residents of the city of Henan Province are the third in the country to stay at home, after a similar measure taken last month in the northern metropolis of Xi’an. Yuzhou also imposes home confinement on its million inhabitants
The zero Covid-19 policy
China, which largely contained the epidemic from the start of 2020 after the appearance of the virus in the center of the country, follows a zero Covid-19 policy which is based on radical measures as soon as a few cases are detected. This strategy is however threatened by the outbreak observed in Xi’an, the most serious in number of cases since the spring of 2020, and by the appearance of the Omicron variant.
Above all, the authorities are particularly on the alert as the Olympic Games approach, which will be held in Beijing from February 4 to 20. In this context, the city of Anyang on Monday evening ordered its residents to stay at home and banned the circulation of private vehicles. Non-essential businesses have been closed and a general screening campaign has been launched to “prevent the spread of the Omicron strain,” according to the official China New news agency.
Stats without asymptomatics
The city has recorded 84 contaminations since Saturday, including at least two cases of the Omicron variant, linked to contaminations in the port metropolis of Tianjin (north). This city bordering Beijing on Sunday prohibited its 14 million inhabitants from leaving municipal limits.
In total, China on Tuesday reported 157 new infections in the past 24 hours, including 60 imported cases. The official toll has barely exceeded 100,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 4,636 fatalities. On the other hand, the country does not count asymptomatic cases.