Shulan, a city in China’s Jilin province, has been put under lockdown similar to the one Wuhan faced after the outbreak of the coronavirus. The decision was taken after the Northeastern province of Jilin province reported a total of 133 locally transmitted cases, including two deaths, on Tuesday.
No new asymptomatic cases were reported on Tuesday in the province, with one still under medical observation and 106 had been discharged from hospital after recovery.
Twenty-five patients are still receiving treatment, while three in severe condition.
As many as 1,181 people in close contact with the locally transmitted cases are under medical observation.
The city of Shulan, home to about 700,000 people, has been sealed off. Only one person per household will be allowed to step outside for two hours every alternate day to buy essentials.
Vehicle entry to residential complexes has been restricted to one entry and one exit and non-residential vehicles won’t be allowed entry. If there are any confirmed cases in a residential area, no one will be allowed to enter or leave.
Public transport within the city and between the counties neighbouring the city will be stopped till further notice. Jilian is close to Hubei province, where the virus originated in Wuhan city. Jilian province is also in proximity to North Korea and Russia, making these restrictive measures even more crucial.
The news comes two days after the mainland prepares to ease border restrictions on Thursday and probably hold the country’s most important political event—the Annual Congress of the Communist Party.