The 14 million residents of China’s port city of Tianjin will enter a partial custody state as of midnight after an outbreak of 20 infections was detected that forced authorities to launch a massive testing campaign due to the city’s proximity to Beijing, less than a month before the start of Beijing Olympic Winter Games.
The order of the authorities states that residents can only leave the city in urgent cases and must present a negative test for the last 48 hours and prove that they are holders of the so-called “green” code “, ie they represent the lowest risk of infection, reports the ‘Global Times’.
The city has also tightened controls on residents traveling to Beijing by establishing checkpoints and special canals at roads and traffic stations.
Tianjin is considered one of the great entry points into the capital of China, just 150 kilometers or less than an hour’s journey on the bullet train that connects the two cities.
This decision comes after city authorities identified 20 coronavirus cases in a single day, two of which are characterized by the particularly contagious variant of omicron, which epidemiologists believe is the first “real battle” against this type of coronavirus in mainland China .
Gu Qing, director of the municipal health commission, said this at a press conference on Saturday evening.
The infected include 15 schoolchildren between the ages of eight and 13, an employee of a day care center and four parents. The tests will be completed in two days.