The two communities where the patient and her close contacts reside, five hospitals, and two schools were identified as high-risk areas and were locked down.
The Epoch Times on Dec. 23 spoke with a resident who owns a shop near the Huarun Oak Bay housing community in Yuhong district of Shenyang, which has been locked down. He said, “At noon, we saw vehicles at the east gate, a lot of white ones, people wearing protective clothing, and police."
He said that people are no longer allowed to go in and out of the community, and those who have entered the premises before the lockdown are not allowed to leave.
A supermarket owner told the publication on Dec. 23 that deliveries are only allowed to be dropped off at the entrance of the housing community for residents to pick up.
He added, “Now some stores and fresh food markets have begun to raise prices. But I don’t want to make money like that. I didn’t raise the price.”
The Epoch Times obtained a video which shows a clerk changing the prices of produce at a grocery store. It appears the store raised their prices soon after Shenyang declared a state of emergency due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Another video shows a train station notifying passengers that the high speed rail service between Shenyang and Dalian is now suspended.
On Dec. 23, the authorities in Liaoning issued a notice, requiring all workplaces across the province to cancel holiday events, including social gatherings. Entertainment venues in medium and high-risk areas will also be closed due to the epidemic.