While the US is easing up restrictions outside in the midst of #COVID, a Chinese city is currently on lockdown.
Residents of Changchun, China’s northeastern metropolis, were instructed to be on lockdown Friday “amid a new increase of COVID-19 cases in the area attributable to the highly contagious omicron form,” according to CBS.
Yucheng, a city of 500,000 people in Shandong’s eastern region, has also been placed under lockdown. This is China’s tough stance against the pandemic that ravaged the world two years ago.
At the height of the epidemic in 2020, Wuhan, China–the former epicenter of the virus–was shut down for 76 days. Due to the possibility of coronavirus infection, the Centers for Disease Control ordered all 195 American evacuees from Wuhan, China, who were relocated to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, to be placed under Federal quarantine for a total of 14 days in January 2020.
This was reported to be the first time it had happened in 50 years at the time, due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases. According to NBC News, the last time the CDC declared a quarantine was for smallpox in the 1960s.