China puts 13 million residents in lockdown ahead of Games
China is redoubling efforts to control new virus outbreaks with a lockdown of the 13 million residents of the northern city of Xi’an following a spike in coronavirus cases.
The measure comes just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics in Beijing, roughly 1,000 kilometres to the west.
Authorities have adopted strict pandemic control measures under their policy of seeking to drive new transmissions to zero, leading to frequent lockdowns, universal masking and mass testing.
The owner of a local bookshop said he had closed 10 days before “fearing the worsening of the epidemic situation.".
said the owner, who gave only his surname, Xiao.
It took effect at midnight Wednesday, with no word on when it might be lifted.