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China Has Imposed A Lockdown On A City Of 4.5 Million As Delta Surges Again

After detecting a dozen coronavirus cases, China locked down the southeastern province of Fujian, a city of 4.5 million people, in an attempt to halt a delta outbreak and maintain its strict zero-tolerance approach to the coronavirus.


According to the city’s almanac, residents of Xiamen, a coastal city and a manufacturing hub for electronic components from companies including ABB Ltd. and Schneider Electric SE, were banned from leaving other than in exceptional circumstances. All villages and residential compounds were closed off, while leisure venues in the tourist city – including gym, bars, cinemas and libraries – halted operations, city officials said at a press conference on Monday night, September 13th.


The latest outbreak, which has yet to escape the Fujian province, includes 103 cases in three cities thus far. The first cases were detected in two students from local schools through routine testing. Their father, who returned from overseas in early August, was also infected and considered the likely origin.