Entire Province Shut Down to Contain the COVID Outbreak

In order to limit the newest epidemic of COVID-19, Chinese officials closed down the whole province of Jilin, which shares a border with North Korea and has a population of 24 million people. To suppress earlier outbreaks,

Beijing relied on stringent lockdowns and enormous testing operations, seeking to reduce COVID-19 instances in the country to zero. The closure of Jilin is the first time that the authorities have shut down an entire province since the outbreak began more than two years ago.

On Saturday, authorities reported 66 positive COVID-19 cases in the general community. Shenzhen Yantian Port, one of the busiest ports in the world, is located in the city and is still active. The lockdown has already resulted in the closure of plants for Foxconn Technology Group, an Apple supplier that assembles certain iPhones and iPads in Shenzhen.

Since January, the virus has infected over 700,000 people and killed 4,066 people, putting a strain on local hospitals. Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, stated that her city “is significantly different from many mainland cities” and cannot follow the same lockdown and testing procedures as the rest of China.

Last summer, China announced that it had provided 2 billion vaccination doses to its populace. They have refused to import vaccinations manufactured in other countries, such as those manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna.

China’s coronavirus immunization campaign has exceeded 2 billion doses. Heavy-handed methods to increase vaccination rates, on the other hand, are causing a reaction.

For the first time, China had a higher percentage of completely vaccinated individuals than the United States, with 889 million people fully vaccinated. A notification issued this week in Qinghai province warned citizens that if they did not get vaccinated, their pensions, medical insurance, and social allowances would be terminated. Some local governments have complained that payment incentives have enticed individuals to go across borders to immunization sites in adjacent towns as officials race to reach vaccination targets.