- A new COVID outbreak in China has forced city authorities to put more than 4,000 children in quarantine facilities.
- A video posted on social media shows children walking in line and wearing hazmat suits.
- China has confined around 20 million people to their homes.
A new COVID outbreak in China has forced its health authorities to isolate more than 4,000 children in quarantine facilities. A video posted by CNN shows children dressed in white hazmat suits walking toward the buses to be transferred to the centers.
The drastic measure occurred in Anyang, the third Chinese city to lock up its residents due to a COVID-19 outbreak. It also raises the number of persons confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people.
China takes drastic measures
The closure of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, was announced Monday night after two cases of the Omicron variant were reported. Residents are unable to leave and stores have been ordered to close, except those that sell basic necessities.
Another 13 million people have been locked up in Xi’an for almost three weeks and 1.1 million more in Yuzhou for more than a week. It was unclear how long the Anyang shutdown would last, as it was announced as a measure to facilitate mass testing of residents. This is standard procedure in China’s strategy of identifying and isolating infected people as quickly as possible.
The lockdowns are the widest since the closure of Wuhan and most of the rest of Hubei province in early 2020 at the start of the pandemic. Since then, China’s focus has evolved to smaller areas hit by outbreaks for lockdowns. To see the terrifying video of children forced into quarantine, click HERE.
The proximity of the Winter Olympics, which opens on February 4 in Beijing, and the rise of Omicron have brought back closures across the city in a bid to quell the outbreaks and prevent them from spreading to other parts of China, the Associated Press reported.
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