Coronavirus: Fresh lockdown in Hebei province

China has put a county of Hebei province under lockdown following a surge in the number of coronavirus patients.

 

Around 400,000 people of Hebei’s Anxin county, in the outskirt of capital Beijing, are now under the purview of the lockdown, reports BBC.

 

The authorities announced to fully enclose and control the county to avoid fresh outbreak.

 

Only essential workers are allowed to leave their homes, while one member of a household is allowed to go out once a day to shop for necessities.

 

Beside, no outsider will be allowed to enter buildings, communities or villages. Authorities have warned anyone violating the rules will be punished by police.

 

Anxin is around 150km (90 miles) south of Beijing. Chinese media say there have been 18 cases in the county since the beginning of the recent surge in Beijing two weeks ago.

 

The area is not nearly as densely populated as China’s large urban centres, and local health experts said they were optimistic the spread could be stopped.

 

After the outbreak of coronavirus in late December last year, authorities at the country managed to get new infections to a consistently low level.

 

To avoid a second wave, even small surges are taken very seriously by the country’s health authorities.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh