The situation “is extremely serious and complicated,” acknowledged local authorities. Schools and public places were closed again to try to stop infections. The city of Jilin , in the northeast of China, re-imposed a partial confinement of the inhabitants after the appearance of new cases of coronavirus , raising fears for a second wave of the epidemic in the country where the disease emerged.
Since the quarantine ended on April 8 in Wuhan, the city where the virus emerged in late 2019, the situation has gradually returned to normal in China, although draconian precautionary measures continue to be applied in some parts.
But, in the vast commune of Jilin, in the province of the same name, bordering North Korea, public transport was suspended on Wednesday and its inhabitants were forbidden to leave without having undergone tests for the coronavirus in the last 48 hours. .
The schools, which had reopened, immediately closed their doors again, as well as public places, mainly cinemas, gyms, cafes and parks .
Pharmacies must communicate to the authorities the names of those who buy pain relievers and antiviral drugs, the mayor’s office warned on social media.
The commune with more than 4 million inhabitants, is about 200 kilometers long by the same width, and includes the city of Shulan, where a new infectious focus was detected late last week.
The situation “is extremely serious and complicated,” acknowledged a deputy mayor of Jilin, pointing out Wednesday the “risk of further spread” of the coronavirus.
Shulan reported six new cases Wednesday , reaching 21 in this outbreak , which began with the infection of a laundry employee. Public transport has been suspended in the commune since Sunday .
After an explosion in February, contamination has been reduced considerably in China in recent weeks, the number of new cases fell to just seven on Wednesday, one of them imported.
No new deaths have been reported in the country since April 7. Since January, 82,926 infections have been detected in China, with 4,633 deaths.