China puts millions on lockdown to curb renewed coronavirus outbreak

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Published on January 11, 2021 by

Residents in parts of China’s Hebei province are put under lockdown as part of measures to stem the coronavirus surge. Authorities finished carrying out a mass COVID-19 testing of all 13 million residents of Xingtai and Shijiazhuang.
The daily number of new coronavirus cases has doubled in China, the country’s national health authority reported on Sunday. Mainland China registered 69 cases on Saturday, compared with 33 reported a day earlier. The National Health Commission reported that 21 of those people had been infected overseas. The country also reported 27 asymptomatic cases on Saturday, down from 38 a day earlier. China does not classify asymptomatic patients as confirmed cases. The latest outbreak has prompted tougher movement restrictions. In Beijing, passengers must scan a health code before boarding a taxi or ride-hailing car.

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