China “places travel restrictions on coronaviruses” in capital of Xinjiang

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China has implemented what provincial officials have called the toughest anti-virus measures on the capital of Xinjiang as the region prepares for an impending COVID-19 epidemic.

Urumqi, a city of 3.5 million people in the Uighur region of western China, registered five new confirmed cases today after registering its first COVID-19 infection in five months Thursday.

Fears of another viral crisis emerged when the government shut down the city’s only metro line and airport shuttle services. About 200 flights to and from the city’s international airport were reportedly canceled today.

Urumqi, a city of 3.5 million people in the Uighur region of western China, registered five new confirmed cases today after registering its first COVID-19 infection in five months Thursday. Photo taken on June 21 shows a group of Uighur women working in a garment factory in a resettlement area in Yecheng County, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China.

Urumqi, a city of 3.5 million in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region (western China), registered five new confirmed cases today after registering its first COVID-19 infection in five months Thursday

Urumqi, a city of 3.5 million in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region (western China), registered five new confirmed cases today after registering its first COVID-19 infection in five months Thursday

The news comes after Hong Kong fought against what authorities have called “a third wave” of infections that have surpassed previous outbreaks.

At Urumqi, all air passengers must show a negative result of their nucleic acid tests – which detect the existence of the virus – carried out in the last seven days before being allowed to board flights to and from of the city, according to a Chinese airline.

Beijing has also been hit by a local coronavirus epidemic linked to a seafood market since mid-June, despite the fact that the majority of the country seems to have mastered the crisis.

Xinjiang has reported a total of 76 cases of COVID-19 since January. The autonomous region stopped recording new cases from 18 February.

After reporting zero infections for five months, Urumqi officials on Thursday recorded a new confirmed case, a 24-year-old worker who developed a sore throat last Friday and was sent to hospital by ambulance.

She was diagnosed on Wednesday as a confirmed COVID-19 infection after being tested positive for the virus, local health officials said yesterday.

Officials also confirmed three asymptomatic patients who had close contact with the woman.

China has implemented what provincial officials have called the toughest anti-virus measures on the capital of Xinjiang as the region prepares for an impending COVID-19 epidemic.  Photo taken on June 17 shows workers making a type of traditional oven pancake at a poverty alleviation workshop in Keping County, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China

China has implemented what provincial officials have called the toughest anti-virus measures on the capital of Xinjiang as the region prepares for an impending COVID-19 epidemic. Photo taken on June 17 shows workers making a type of traditional oven pancake at a poverty alleviation workshop in Keping County, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China

After reporting zero infections for five months, Urumqi officials on Thursday recorded a new confirmed case, a 24-year-old worker who developed a sore throat last Friday.  The file image shows an aerial view of the western Chinese city of Urumqi in the Xinjiang region.

After reporting zero infections for five months, Urumqi officials on Thursday recorded a new confirmed case, a 24-year-old worker who developed a sore throat last Friday. The file image shows an aerial view of the western Chinese city of Urumqi in the Xinjiang region.

After the first confirmed infection, provincial authorities have imposed “the most stringent” measures to combat the impending new COVID-19 epidemic.

The Xinjiang Communist Party committee said at a meeting on Thursday: ‘[We] must resolutely cut the transmission channel, focus on key people and key areas, take the most determined, decisive and strict measures to ensure that all investigations and inspections are carried out to resolutely stop the spread of ‘epidemic.

Officials also pledged to “strictly enforce prevention and control measures” by tightening the control of citizens traveling inside and outside the region.

Areas of high population density, as well as communities and neighborhoods will be closely monitored.

After the first confirmed infection, the provincial authorities have promised to launch

After the first confirmed infection, the provincial authorities have promised to launch “the strictest” measures to fight the imminent new epidemic of COVID-19. Photo taken on June 18 shows workers at a garment factory in Aketao County, Xinjiang Uighur region

City transport officials announced yesterday that the metro will be closed in a statement, Chinese media reported.  But the post appears to have been deleted from his social media page.  The photo taken on June 17 shows a worker wearing nang, a traditional bread, in an anti-poverty workshop in Keping County, Xinjiang's Uighur Autonomous Region in western China.

City transport officials announced yesterday that the metro will be closed in a statement, Chinese media reported. But the post appears to have been deleted from his social media page. The photo taken on June 17 shows a worker wearing nang, a traditional bread, in an anti-poverty workshop in Keping County, Xinjiang’s Uighur Autonomous Region in western China.

« [We must] strengthen control over crowded places, manage the network of communities and villages, and conduct rigorous screening in hospital fever clinics, “said the government.

City transport officials announced yesterday that the metro will be closed in a statement, Chinese media reported. But the post appears to have been deleted from his social media page.

The government reported five other new confirmed infections on Friday, bringing the total number of active cases to six. Eight new asymptomatic cases were also recorded.

A total of 135 people are under quarantine for medical observation, according to the authorities.

It is not yet known whether all patients are linked to the same cluster or source of infection.

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