According to the Chinese media Financial Associated Press, starting 3 a.m. on August 10, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region authorities decided to implement temporary static management measures on some parts of Urumqi city. 

The “temporary static management measures” is the new phrase used to avoid the term “lockdown.”

Restrictions are scheduled for five days. Residents are required not to go out unless it is necessary to stop the spread of the COVID outbreak.

People panicked due to the city’s abrupt shutdown. Locals woke up in the middle of the night to search for food supplies. A large number of tourists rushed to the airport overnight to flee the city.

Several pictures posted on the Internet show that supermarket shelves were left bare. Residents complained that they had to rush to stock up on food in the middle of the night.

Between July 30 to August 7, the Xinjiang region received almost 9 million visitors.

After the news broke out, many tourists flocked to the airport to flee the city overnight. Online videos show that the Urumqi International Airport was crowded, and some people complained on social media about the price of flight tickets.

According to China News Network, on August 10, the Xinjiang Urumqi International Airport canceled several inbound and outbound flights on August 10, leaving some passengers stranded.

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