The Chinese city of Xi’an, which has a population of 13 million, announced a “total” disinfection on Sunday and tightened controls, during which time China set a record 21-month Covit-19 pollution level.
The Asian country has been using the “zero govt” strategy since last year, doing everything possible to control the occurrence of new cases as much as possible. Authorities are doubling their awareness to avoid any major explosions ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4-20). But sporadic eruptions have continued in recent months. For example, Xi’an (north), buried in terracotta and known worldwide for its military since Thursday. The city registered 155 new Govt patients on Sunday, bringing the total number to nearly 500 in the past few weeks. “In the coming days, many more cases may be detected,” Xi’an official He Wenquan warned, urging people not to panic. About 29,000 people are being held in solitary confinement in certain hostels, the official said. The city of Xi’an is about 900 km from the Olympic venues. To prevent further spread, Xian residents have already been tested several times, officials said. Also the “total” disinfection was to begin on Sunday evening. Restrictions on residents have also been tightened. Now, every family in Xi’an can send one of its members only once every three days to buy basic necessities. The previous approval was for two days.
It has been ordered to close all “non-essential” businesses except supermarkets, shops and medical facilities. China recorded 206 new Govt-19 infections in its soil on Sunday. This is the highest number of infections per day since March 2020. The Asian country where the first govt cases were discovered in Wuhan (center) two years ago, however, has largely controlled the epidemic in its soil. Life has returned to normal since the spring of 2020 and the country has officially recorded only two deaths a year.
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