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China blocks part of province outside Beijing as coronavirus cases rise

  •  The restrictions implemented in Hebei this week are some of the strictest since the spread of Covid-19 stalled in the country in March.
  • Hebei's capital, Shijiazhuang, prevented passengers from going to its train station, suspended long-distance buses and blocked main roads in the province, according to state media.
  • The increase in coronavirus cases in the latest Hebei outbreak indicates that the virus has spread over a period of time, said Feng Zijian, deputy director of China's center for disease control, in an interview with state media in early January. week.

Chinese authorities are beginning to block parts of a neighboring province of Beijing after a surge in coronavirus cases.

The restrictions implemented in Hebei this week are some of the strictest since the spread of Covid-19 stalled in the country in March, and come as new waves of the coronavirus hit the United States and Europe. China's harsh initial response to the pandemic contributed to a 6.8% contraction of the economy in the first quarter.

Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province and located about a three-and-a-half-hour drive southwest of Beijing, reported 50 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 67 asymptomatic as of Wednesday. It brought the provincial total to 90 current confirmed cases and 144 asymptomatic cases.

The city has prevented passengers from going to its train station, suspended long-distance buses, closed schools and put tighter controls on entry to apartment complexes, while authorities have blocked the main roads of the province, according to state media.

Hebei province began to reveal some cases of coronavirus over the weekend, with state media blaming some of those on wedding attendees.

The new cases come a few weeks after Beijing reported a handful of cases in close succession, prompting massive testing in certain districts of the country's capital.

Chinese authorities have touted their ability to control the virus earlier than the developed world, blaming most of the cases since last spring on foreign sources. The country is the only major economy that is expected to have grown in 2020.

But late last year, officials began expressing more concerns about the ongoing pandemic.

The increase in coronavirus cases in the latest Hebei outbreak indicates that the virus has spread over a period of time, said Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in an interview with state media. early in the week.

Researchers from the center for disease control said genome sequencing showed that the Hebei strains were different from those found in other parts of China and were not related to the strain in the UK, but they shared some similarities with the strains. versions found in Russia.

Shijiazhuang is a city of about 11 million people and about a 10-hour drive north of Wuhan in Hubei province, where Covid-19 first appeared in late 2019.The disease became a global pandemic within months. and since then it has infected more than 87 million people worldwide and killed more than 1.8 million.

The Hebei province health commission sent 1,000 doctors to Shijiazhuang on Wednesday to help the city with medical care needs and mass testing. There are plans to send 2,000 more medical workers on Thursday.

The Chinese authorities are encouraging people to stay in the cities where they work during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays next month. Hundreds of millions of people traditionally return to their places of origin or travel during the extended holidays, which take place this year in mid-February.

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