The coronavirus epidemic in China still has the Chinese government locking down more cities in quarantine as cases still continue to break-out.
Residents of Jilin, the second-largest city in Jilin Province, have been mostly barred from leaving the city, state news media reported, after a cluster of infections was reported there.
Shenyang, capital of the neighboring province of Liaoning, said that anyone who had traveled there from the city of Jilin since April 22 would be quarantined in a hospital for three weeks.
It’s an abrupt reversal of the re-opening that had been taking place across the nation, as cities in Jilin province have cut off trains and buses, shut schools and quarantined tens of thousands of people.
The strict measures have dismayed many residents who had thought the worst of the nation’s epidemic was over.
China’s swift and powerful reaction reflects its fear of a second wave of the coronavirus after it curbed the virus’s first spread at significant economic and social cost.
It’s also a sign of how fragile the re-opening process will be in China as any resurgence of infections could prompt a return to a strict lock-down.
The government of the city of Shulan said it would put in place its strictest measures yet to contain the virus. Residential compounds with confirmed or suspected cases were being closed off, with only one person from each family allowed to leave to purchase essentials for two hours every two days.
A sense of deja vu is permeating Jilin city, which underwent the same strict lock-down implemented in most of China in February and March.
Delivery services have been mostly halted and anti-fever medication is banned at drugstores to prevent people from hiding their symptoms. The tension has spread to nearby areas, even if no cases have been reported officially in those places yet.
Health officials do not yet know how the new surge of coronavirus started, but suspect that the patients may have come into contact with infected returnees from Russia, which has one of the worst outbreaks in Eurasia and shares a border with China.
The new outbreak is also a reminder that much of China still remains vulnerable to the virus.
Because thanks to a lock-down that sealed off the rest of the country, its first wave of infection was largely confined to Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.
A top Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan described China as still facing a “big challenge,” he said, adding that the situation in China is “not better than foreign countries.”
The United States has the most cases of coronavirus of any country in the world by far with over 1.5 million cases and climbing in this pandemic.
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