China orders lockdown in the city of 9 million people due to new Covid wave – On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Three Covid-19 waves emerged from 11 March 2020. China on Wednesday ordered a lockdown in the northeastern city of Changchun, with a population of 9 million people.
China on Friday ordered a lockdown of the 9 million residents of the northeastern city of Changchun amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases in the area.
Residents must remain home and undergo three rounds of mass testing, while non-essential businesses have been closed and transport links suspended.
China reported another 397 cases of local transmission nationwide on Friday, 98 of them in Jilin province that surrounds Changchun.
Just two cases were detected within the city itself. However, authorities have repeatedly pledged to lock down any community where one or more cases are found under China’s “zero tolerance” approach to the pandemic.
Another 93 cases were found in the nearby city of Jilin that bears the same name as the surrounding province. Authorities have already ordered a partial lockdown in the town and severed travel links with other cities.