The Chinese authorities issued an order on Thursday to shut down Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region and home to the marginalized Uyghur minority. After almost five months, 17 new cases appeared without infections being registered.
The cases – six with symptoms and eleven asymptomatic – have resulted in the closure of the city’s only subway line, home to 3.5 million people, and restrictions on the entry and exit of airports.
In the past few hours, the city has also been the scene of tense supermarket scenes due to emergency purchases, and some of the districts are already fully restricted. The last time the region verified a case was 149 days ago.
The local authorities of the Chinese Communist Party have assured that they will do everything they can to “germinate the contagion vectors, strengthen control over the busiest places, manage the situation in the most depopulated places and the situation in To strictly control hospitals “. reports the South China Morning Post.