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11 Jan 2022

China Locks down its Third City, Number of Confined Rises to 20 Million

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Xi'an and Yuzhou are now both battling with the Delta variant and neither has reported any Omicron cases. A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a Covid-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people.

It is not yet mentioned on how long the lockdown of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, would last. Mass swab testing was being enforced.
A games official responsible for disease control, Huang Chun, said organizers are counting on the cooperation of athletes and officials to prevent an outbreak that could affect participation.

“If the mass cluster transmission happens, it will impact the games and the schedule for sure," Huang said. “The worst scenario, if it happens, is independent of man’s will, so we leave our options open.”
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