Another area of China has been ordered to “wartime” status after some COVID-19 cases were reported.
The northeastern cities of Dongning and Suifenhe, in Heilongjiang Province adjacent to Russia, banned some transportation services and road travel while residents were ordered to take nucleic acid tests for the disease.
The entirety of Dongning was placed under lockdown, with no one allowed to enter or leave. All residential compounds were sealed off.
SuifenheAt 9 p.m. local time on Dec. 10, the Suifenhe People’s Hospital was crowded with people lining up to be tested for COVID-19, according to videos taken by residents and uploaded online.
Doctors told one videographer that they would be working overnight, as the city government has required that they process all testing by the following day. One Suifenhe netizen said medical staff from nearby Mudanjiang had arrived and helped local staff to perform testing.
Authorities also converted four local hotels to quarantine centers to house suspected patients and asked all residents to stay home.
DongningDongning was in a state of panic on Dec. 10 after the lockdown was announced.
A store owner told The Epoch Times that a government official had called to tell her to close her store immediately and wait for instructions about where to take a nucleic acid test.
An employee at Dongyu Hotel said local officials had ordered the venue only to serve local residents.
“People without a local ID are not allowed to check into our hotel now,” the employee said.
InfectionsThe true scale of the new outbreak isn’t known, as local authorities have routinely concealed information and underreported cases.
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man surnamed Kong is believed to be patient zero in Dongning. He was sent to the city by his Shenzhen-based employer to install disinfecting equipment for the city’s customs department.
Outbreak in ChinaEarlier this week, Chengdu city in southwestern China also entered “wartime” status after a local cluster.
Chengdu authorities mandated testing for some residents, and announced four new domestic infections on Dec. 10.