China Locks Down Third City After New Outbreak

Chinese officials have locked down another city of five million residents on Tuesday to curb the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Authorities in Anyang issued a notice ordering residents not to leave their homes or drive cars on the roads after 58 coronavirus cases have been reported, including two Omicron cases.

Chinese health officials had earlier imposed restrictions in the northern city of Tianjin with nearly 14 million residents because of reported 21 domestically transmitted virus cases.

The notice from the local governments shared by state media stated that residents are not allowed to leave their homes, non-essential vehicles are banned from the streets, and stores have to close except for those selling necessities.

Previously, health officials had put Xi’an under strict lockdown as the city registered over 2,000 COVID-19 cases in a month, becoming the epicenter of the virus with the largest domestically-transmitted epidemic since the Wuhan outbreak.

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