At least 20 million residents in China are under lockdown as multiple cities in Hebei Province and Henan Province carry out strict pandemic control measures.
Local authorities in the two provinces announced on May 5 the shutdown of Dingzhou, Zhuozhou, and Tangshan in Hebei Province, Zhengzhou City, and Puyang City in Henan Province, among other cities.
Dingzhou city will conduct mass nuclei nucleic acid tests on all residents. Vehicles are not allowed to enter or exit the city, and all the businesses have to close their operations.
In Taikang County, each family is allowed only one person to go to the designated place to buy essential supplies every three days.
In addition, Puyang city also requires residents to have green health codes—proof of negative nucleic acid test within 24 hours.
Under the zero-Covid policy, China struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak. At least 45 cities in China have been under partial or complete lockdown since the new resurgence of the virus.
With about 25 million residents, Shanghai enters its second month of lockdown with no sign of easing as the city fights one of the biggest ever coronavirus outbreaks in China.
According to Reuters, Chinese authorities set up thousands of permanent PCR testing stations to “normalize” strict pandemic controls. The stations will be in place even after the current lockdowns end.
In Shanghai, about 9,000 testing stations have been completed.