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China’s Tianjin partially locked after omicrons found

A major Chinese city near Beijing has placed its 14 million residents on partial lockdown after 40 children and adults tested positive for COVID-19, including at least two people with variant omicron

State broadcaster CCTV said the government had divided Tianjin and its 14 million residents into three levels of restrictions, starting with locked-down areas where people are not allowed to leave their homes. In the containment zone, each household is allowed to let one family member go grocery shopping every other day, while in the containment zone, everyone must stay in their vicinity.

Bus and train services from Tianjin to Beijing have been suspended and residents have been told not to leave the city unless they are busy.

The city began mass testing of all its residents Sunday after a group of 20 children and adults tested positive for COVID-19, including at least two with the omicron variant. . Another 20 people tested positive on Sunday, bringing the total to 40. Officials earlier said that the virus was circulating so the number of cases could increase.

China has ramped up its strict zero-tolerance strategy in the run-up to the Olympics, which open on February 4. The Chinese capital is 115 kilometers (70 mi) northwest of Tianjin. and many people often travel by car or by high-speed rail link that takes less than an hour.

Elsewhere, millions are being confined to their homes in Xi’an and Yuzhou, two more distant cities but with larger outbreaks stemming from the delta variant. Xi’an residents have been under embargo for more than two weeks, but the number of new cases in the city of 13 million fell to just 15 on Monday, a sign that restrictions may soon be lifted. cancel. Yuzhou is a city of about 1.1 million people in neighboring Henan province.

Another 60 cases were reported Monday in Henan, two of which are omicron variants, found in Anyang city and apparently brought from Tianjin on December 28 by a university student , state media outlet The Paper reported. The capital of Zhengzhou province has conducted mass testing and closed schools. Another 24 cases were reported in the city on Monday.

The first two cases confirmed in Tianjin were a 10-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman who worked at an after-school center. Both are infected by the omicron variant. In follow-up testing of close contacts, another 18 people tested positive and 767 tested negative as of Saturday night.

Those infected include 15 students aged 8 to 13, staff of the after-school center and four parents. The citywide inspection will be completed in two days. Tianjin has also closed several subway stations on the two lines to try to prevent further spread.

In the past, China has reported about a dozen cases of omicron infection, most of whom have come from abroad and are isolated. In one case in mid-December, the infection was not detected until after the person completed two weeks of quarantine, and it spread to several close contacts in the southern city of Guangzhou.

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This story has been corrected to say that the number of confirmed cases in Tianjin is 40, not 41.

https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/chinas-tianjin-partial-lockdown-omicron-found-82172805 China’s Tianjin partially locked after omicrons found

Emma Bowman

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