SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang, has gone into “wartime mode” and released an emergency situation reaction strategy after the city reported 16 brand-new coronavirus cases on Friday.
SUBMIT PICTURE: A general view of Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, China Might 212017 REUTERS/Sue-Lin Wong/File Picture
State broadcaster CCTV pointed out unnamed authorities as informing a press conference on Saturday that the city had actually suspended events and ordered neighborhoods to restrict visits to other homes.
It urged individuals not to make unneeded trips outside the city and ordered infection tests for anyone who needed to leave Urumqi, intending to prevent the spread of the virus. It has also carried out city-wide totally free infection tests, officials told journalism conference as part of what the authorities described a “wartime” response.
On its main Weibo account on Saturday the local government stated all current new infections and asymptomatic cases reported in the self-governing area were in Urumqi.
Rui Baoling, director of the illness control and avoidance centre in Urumqi, told the news conference that current cases in the city were related to a cluster of activities, with all confirmed cases and asymptomatic infections reported in Tianshan District, CCTV said. She didn’t say what activities were included.
” The epidemic has established rapidly,” Rui was estimated saying.
Xinjiang, house to the majority of China’s Uighur ethnic minority, has so far mainly prevented the worst of the coronavirus pandemic which appeared in the main Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
As of July 17, the area reported a total of 17 coronavirus cases, plus 11 asymptomatic cases. Another 269 people were under medical observation, according to the regional health commission.
It reported another 12 asymptomatic cases as of midday on Saturday.
SOURCE OF INFECTION
The city released an emergency response plan on Friday to evaluate validated cases and asymptomatic infections, state broadcaster CCTV reported, adding the government would perform epidemiological investigations to trace the source of the infection in order to make certain no one was missed.
” The epidemic circumstance is generally controllable,” Rui was quoted as saying to state media.
Epidemic control procedures in the city have actually caused the cancellation of more than 600 scheduled flights at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport, or more than 80%of the normal everyday overall, figures from aviation data firm Variflight showed.
Urumqi also suspended train services from late Thursday.
Consisting Of the 16 cases in Urumqi, China reported 22 brand-new coronavirus cases on the mainland for July 17, up from 10 a day earlier, the health authority said on Saturday. Six others were imported cases.
FILE PHOTO: People wear protective face masks as they are seen in a shopping complex after an outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Beijing, China July 17,2020 REUTERS/Thomas Peter
China reported 14 new asymptomatic clients, up from five a day earlier.
China’s capital Beijing suffered a flare-up of coronavirus infections last month, in action to which the government re-imposed rigorous control procedures that were utilized across the country earlier in the year to suppress the first wave of infections. The procedures appear to have managed the outbreak.
As of Friday, mainland China had 83,644 verified coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll stayed at 4,634
Reporting by Winni Zhou, William Zhang and Brenda Goh; Modifying by William Mallard and Lincoln Feast.