As buses, taxis and major railroads were halted, residents of Longjo, Gansu were told to stay home.
China has locked up 4 million cities in an effort to prevent an outbreak of the domestic coronavirus, and residents have been told not to leave their homes except in emergencies.
In the weeks leading up to the first detection of Covid-19 in China in late 2019, Beijing imposed strict border controls, which reduced the number of cases and allowed the economy to recover.
As other parts of the world open up and try to find ways to survive with the virus, China has maintained a zero-govt approach, including strict local locks imposed in a few cases.
Restrictions came on Tuesday as China announced 29 new infectious diseases, including six cases, in the provincial capital of northwestern Gansu province of Lanzhou.
Residents in Lanzo must stay at home, officials said in a statement. “Residents’ entry and exit” will be strictly controlled and limited to essential items or medical treatment, officials said.
Bus and taxi services have already been suspended in the city, and Lanzo Station has stopped more than 70 trains, including major routes to major cities such as Beijing and Xi’an, state media reported Tuesday.
Flights to Lanzhou were also canceled, and all flights from Beijing’s Doxing Airport to Lanzhou were canceled due to public safety concerns, a Southern Airlines spokesman told AFP.
China’s latest eruption is linked to the delta variation, with the number of recent eruptions hitting 17 cases from October 17th.
Health officials have warned that more infections could emerge in the coming days as testing intensifies to combat the eruption, which has been linked to a group of domestic tourists from Shanghai to several provinces.
Tens of thousands of people in northern China have already been severely ordered to stay at home.
In Beijing – three new cases were reported on Tuesday – access to tourist sites was limited and residents were advised not to leave the city unless needed.
Following the discovery of nine cases in recent days, about 23,000 residents have been ordered to stay indoors in a housing complex in Chongqing district, Beijing News reported.
Community mahjong and chess rooms have been closed, and residents have been told to minimize large crowds as much as possible. Organizers on Sunday postponed the marathon, which is expected to attract 30,000 runners, indefinitely.
Mass checks are underway in 11 provinces and authorities have suspended inter-provincial tour groups.
Although the country’s case numbers are very low compared to other parts of the world, authorities are determined to prevent the latest eruption more than 100 days before the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Those who are considered to have failed to control Govt disease are often removed from their positions or punished. On Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency announced the dismissal of Ejin Banner’s party secretary in the northern Inner Mongolia region “due to poor performance and implementation of control and control of the epidemic.”
Six other officers were convicted of “slow response” to the latest outburst, state media reported, and fired as deputy director of the local police bureau.
Beijing police have launched three criminal investigations into Govt security breaches, the city’s deputy director of public security said Sunday.