8,000 People Quarantined in Jilin Province as Coronavirus Resurges in China

A child wore a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus while reading a book in a bookstore in Beijing on Sunday. According to official data released on Saturday, India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed China’s.ANDY WONG/ASSOCIATED PRESS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Officials concerned about a virus resurgence have quarantined 8,000 people and reintroduced lockdown measures in northeastern China, even as other parts of the country further relax restrictions.

Residents of Jilin, the second-largest city in Jilin Province, have been mostly barred from leaving the city, state news media reported, after a cluster of infections was reported there and in Shulan, another city under its administration. Shenyang, capital of the neighboring province of Liaoning, said on Saturday that anyone who had traveled there from the city of Jilin since April 22 would be quarantined in a hospital for three weeks.

Jilin has traced nearly 700 contacts of coronavirus patients for testing and quarantine, while officials in Liaoning Province have found more than 1,000 contacts and about 6,500 people at high risk for infection.

China reported five new confirmed infections on Saturday, three of them locally transmitted in Jilin Province and two from overseas. The country has reported more than 89,000 total cases and 4,634 deaths.

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SOURCE: The New York Times