China has today locked down the western city of Xi’an today as a precautionary measure to reduce the increasing number of covid-19 numbers in the city. The 13 million residents of Xi’an have been told to remain in their homes and to designate one person to go out every other day for necessities which is now triggering fights over access to food. Also, nonessential travel out of the city has been banned.
This directive came after a second round of mass testing pinpointed 127 COVID infections scattered across 14 districts, making containment of the virus “grave and complicated,” according to reports. The bulk of the infections to attributed to the delta variant as the country is girding for the more infectious omicron strain, which has been shown to evade immunity from vaccination or previous infection.
Vice Premier Sun Chunlan urged “swift” measures to curb the spread of infections also stressing the importance of tightening restrictions on the movement of people to prevent large gatherings in key areas.