Beijing (Times Of Ocean)- Jilin will lock down 4.5 million people for three days starting Monday in order to help contain China’s biggest COVID19 outbreak.
Stay-at-home orders have been issued to millions more people in China’s northeast in response to the country’s biggest coronavirus outbreak in two years.
As a result of targeted lockdowns, mass testing, and travel restrictions, the country has largely kept the virus at bay since its initial outbreak in 2020.
However, the Omicron strain of COVID19 has spread throughout China.
From Monday night, Jilin, the second-largest city in the province, will lock down about 4.5 million inhabitants for three days.
On Sunday, more than 4,000 new infections were reported in China, with two-thirds in Jilin province, which borders Russia and North Korea.
Changchun, the capital of Jilin province, said Saturday that restrictions would also be tightened for three days.
China reported its first two COVID19 deaths in more than a year on Saturday. Both deaths in Jilin province bring the country’s coronavirus death toll to 4,638 since the pandemic began.
Jiao Yahui, an official with the National Health Commission, said both deaths occurred in elderly patients due to their underlying conditions.
She said one of them had not been vaccinated for COVID19.
Since March 11, Changchun’s nine million residents have only been allowed to leave for food shopping once every two days.
Only medical personnel and other anti-epidemic workers will be allowed to leave their homes under the new measures.