By noon on Wednesday
, より多い 30,000 people who were believed to have come into contact with a confirmed case were placed in government quarantine
, according to state-run newspaper China Daily
. その同じ日, the city imposed a strict lockdown until further notice for all residents
Xi’an is now designated a “controlled area,” China’s second-highest category of lockdown — meaning residents are banned from leaving their homes except for urgent cases like medical emergencies. Each household is only allowed to send one designated person out of the house to buy groceries every two days.
After the new restrictions were announced
, families rushed to supermarkets to stock up on supplies before the lockdown went into effect at midnight
, according to state-run tabloid the 環球時報.
学校, public facilities and transport systems are also closed except for essential service providers like hospitals and supermarkets, according to the local government’s announcement.
Xi’an is one level away from the highest lockdown category of “sealed area,” in which residents are completely banned from leaving their homes, and groceries are delivered to their door.
This is only the fourth time a major Chinese city has been placed under the “controlled area” 封鎖. Though previous outbreaks have seen similar restrictions, they are typically only applied to specific areas where infections are most prevalent — not an entire city.
The emergence of yet another outbreak has raised questions over the long-term viability of China’s ambitious “ゼロ-Covid” ポリシー, which aims to eliminate the virus completely within the country’s borders.
Despite administering more than 2.7 billion doses of its homegrown vaccines, authorities have struggled with a number of fast-spreading outbreaks.
The outbreak in Xi’an follows a Delta-driven outbreak
夏に; a September outbreak in Fujian province
; an October outbreak that spread to more than half the country
; then several clusters in Inner Mongolia in November
, which have spread to Zhejiang province in recent weeks
In the past week alone, in addition to Xi’an, cases have also been recorded in Henan province, Zhejiang province, Guangdong province, Guangxi autonomous region, and the cities of Beijing and Tianjin.