Wuhan, the Chinese city now infamous as the apparent origin of human-transmitted Covid-19, has been forced to shut some businesses and public transport in a district of almost 1 million people after several new infections.
Beijing’s zero-Covid strategy has helped Wuhan and other areas in the country to keep the number of cases in check, but with harsh lockdowns during major outbreaks and the fear of potential repeated curbs whenever new cases are reported.
Wuhan’s district of Jiangxia, with over 900,000 residents, said its main urban areas must enter a three-day restriction from Wednesday, during which it will ban many large group events and dining at restaurants.
Authorities will close public entertainment venues, agricultural product marketplaces and small clinics and suspend bus and subway services. It also urged residents not to leave the area during the three days and encouraged travellers to avoid entry.
The order came quickly after Jiangxia authorities said late on Tuesday they had detected two cases during regular testing drives and found another two from the screening of individuals who came in close contact with infection.
- Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell