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Hebei capital under lockdown to curb COVID-19 outbreak

SHIJIAZHUANG/BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) -- Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei province, placed temporary control over train travels on Wednesday in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 after the province logged 51 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 69 asymptomatic cases.
The latest tally had pushed up the total number of confirmed cases in hospitals to 90, the provincial health commission said Thursday.

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a girl at a community in Qiaoxi district of Shijiazhuang, capital of north. (MU YU / XINHUA)

Vehicles are not allowed to enter or exit all areas administrated by Shijiazhuang, except for those transporting materials or necessities for the city’s fight against the current outbreak, according to a notice released on Thursday by the city’s anti-virus working group.
Vehicles carrying materials for medical use, life essentials and production are allowed to enter or leave the city with a certificate issued by related authorities, according to the notice.
Military or police cars, firefighting vehicles and ambulances are allowed if passengers have normal temperatures. Also on Wednesday, Gaocheng district of Shijiazhuang was classified a high-risk area and according to a municipal notice, three district officials were given Party disciplinary warnings for dereliction of duty.
China’s National Health Commission said Thursday that it received reports of 63 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, of which 52 were locally transmitted and 11 were imported.
Of the locally transmitted cases, other than 51 reported in Hebei, and one was logged in Liaoning, the commission said in its daily report. No new suspected cases or deaths related to the diseas
The public security bureau of Shijiazhuang has placed interim epidemic prevention and control measures at the city’s railway station, with all passengers temporarily banned from entering the station and boarding trains. Travelers may contact the railway ticketing department for refunds.
As of Thursday, the provincial emergency management department has allocated relief materials worth 2.38 million yuan (about US$368,900) to assist Shijiazhuang’s epidemic prevention efforts. The relief goods include 1,000 tents and 4,000 cotton overcoats. Shijiazhuang is carrying out citywide nucleic acid testing with epidemic control staff and volunteers stationed at secure medium and high risk areas.
The provincial health commission on Wednesday dispatched 1,000 medical staff from other cities in the province to support the epidemic control in Shijiazhuang.
On Thursday, another 2,000 medical personnel are expected to be transferred to Shijiazhuang to help accelerate the mass nucleic acid testing.

(Latest Update January 8, 2021)

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