New outbreaks were reported in four areas of China as local residents complained about strict lockdown policies.
China’s National Health Commission—the nation’s top health agency—announced that new COVID-19 patients were diagnosed in the northeastern-most province of Heilongjiang and in southwestern Sichuan province on Dec. 13.
HeilongjiangThe province announced new infections on Dec. 13, including a patient living in Tahe city.
In addition, weddings were banned, while funerals were limited to no more than five attendees.
All hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies were instructed by authorities to record and report all who purchased medicines to treat fever, cough, and virus infection—common symptoms of COVID-19.
SichuanSichuan health authorities announced dozens of new COVID-19 infections since entering wartime mode on Dec. 8, with the entire province under lockdown.
Other RegionsChina's Xinjiang region in the northwest announced new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 13.
The regional government announced that a man who lives in the Gaochang district of Turpan city was diagnosed as a COVID-19 asymptomatic carrier on Dec. 12. His wife, mother, and one co-worker have since tested positive.
Five townships in northern China’s Inner Mongolia were still listed as “medium-risk” areas for COVID-19 spread as of Dec. 13.
Heilongjiang, Sichuan, and Xinjiang haven't yet announced where the latest outbreaks originated.