Authorities in Xinjiang have imposed the most severe lockdown yet in the region of 22 million people. Everyone is confined to their homes. All types of public transport are suspended. More than 90% of flights have been canceled.
The Xinjiang authorities’ announcement states that the current epidemic in Xinjiang is a significant public health emergency, spreading at a fast speed and infecting the largest number of people.
However, the Associated Press said that the number of infections in Xinjiang does not require such strong epidemic prevention measures.
China’s National Health Commission reported 97 new cases in the past day in Xinjiang. This number is not controversial compared to many countries in the world.
On October 4, Urumqi announced that people should not move during the epidemic control period. Chinese media also called it the most rigid going-out policy.
The authorities also stressed the need to strengthen controls at airports and train stations. All out-of-town trains, inter-provincial buses, and most flights were suspended pending further notice.
According to CNN, 97% of outbound flights and 95% of inbound flights at Urumqi Airport were canceled on October 5.Many analysts pointed out that authorities insisted on clearing and closing the city to safeguard the authority’s reputation. It was intentionally strengthening social control through epidemic prevention and control. Use the health code to precisely control the public and ensure social stability.