China isn’t taking any chances of a second wave of corona virus gripping the country despite having largely contained its outbreak in recent months. This is evident as the number of people killed by the coronavirus passes 500,000 worldwide.
In the central province of Hebei, near Beijing,18 fresh cases has been detected.
Officials announced in a statement Sunday that “all villages, communities and buildings will be fully closed” in Anxin. Families are only permitted to send one person per household outside to purchase supplies once a day and all outside vehicles are banned.
Authorities quickly imposed a lockdown on 11 residential compounds in the vicinity of the market, prohibiting anyone from entering or leaving. Residents had their temperatures checked and reported on a daily basis, and their food and daily necessities delivered.
Beijing also rolled out mass nucleic acid testing for the coronavirus, setting up 193 sampling booths across the city. More than 76,000 people were tested within 48 hours of the cluster being detected.
China’s top respiratory expert Dr. Zhong Nanshan has warned that China still faced the “big challenge” of a potential return of the virus, and authorities should not be complacent.
“The majority of … Chinese at the moment are still susceptible of the Covid-19 infection, because (of) a lack of immunity,” Zhong said. “We are facing (a) big challenge, it’s not better than the foreign countries I think at the moment.”
Efforts to contain the outbreak in Beijing appear to have been successful so far demonstrating again the effectiveness of lockdowns, social distancing and mask wearing combined with widespread testing.