China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people after a small outbreak.
The restrictions came into effect in the country of Anxin, in Hebei province, near the capital.
After the emergence of the pandemic in China at the end of last year, the country has managed to bring new infections down to an always low level.
To avoid a second wave, even small surges are taken very seriously by the country’s health authorities.
What’s going on in Hebei?
Authorities announced on Sunday that Anxin would be “fully locked up and controlled”.
Only essential workers are allowed to leave their homes, while a member of a household is allowed to go out once a day to buy basic necessities.
No non-resident residents will be allowed to enter buildings, communities or villages. Authorities have warned that anyone who violates the rules will be punished by the police.
Anxin is about 150 km south of Beijing. Chinese media have said there have been 18 cases in the county since the recent Beijing outbreak two weeks ago.
The region is not as densely populated as China’s major urban centers, and local health experts said they were optimistic that the spread could be stopped.
What is the situation in Beijing?
Recent figures from China are still the envy of most other countries affected by the virus. However, a recent peak in Beijing makes authorities fear a possible second wave.
In the past 24 hours, Beijing has reported 14 new cases of the virus, bringing the total since 311 to a food market outbreak in mid-June.
Although it is a small number compared to the thousands of daily cases in the United States or South AmericaChina reacted quickly to contain any discrepancies.
Several areas of Beijing have been restricted, travel has been restricted, and a massive wave of new tests has been deployed.
Before the recent peak, the Chinese capital remained 57 days without a locally transmitted case.
How is the rest of China coping with the virus?
In general, China has managed to “flatten the curve” in recent months.
After having passed 80,000 confirmed cases in early March, he added only about 4,700 since.
Since mid-June, most of the new infections have been limited to Beijing, with fallout on neighboring Hebei.
The rest of China has only experienced a small trickle of single-digit infections, most of which were imported cases, which means travelers are returning from abroad.