Chinese Mining Hub Baotou Locked Down

China has put Baotou, a Chinese mining hub, under lockdown after the city recorded two COVID-19 cases.

The week-long lockdown is part of the Chinese government’s effort to achieve zero COVID-19 in the country.

Preventive measures have been recently done to address the rising COVID-19 cases in China. 

According to Yu Zhai, senior consultant at Wood Mackenzie Ltd., truck drivers were not allowed to leave their vehicles when visiting mines to prevent the spread of the virus. He added that the lockdown “made sense” because there were no recorded COVID-19 cases during the surge in March and April.

Baotou is the second-largest coal-producing region in China and is also the home of China Northern Rare Earth Group, one of the six major mineral miners in the country.

In 2021, Inner Mongolia made up a quarter of China’s national coal output.


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