Residents of two Chinese cities urged not to leave their homes due to coronavirus

Chinese authorities have urged residents of two cities south of Beijing – Shijiazhuang and Xingtai – not to leave their homes for a week due to the coronavirus outbreak in Hebei province. This was reported by Associated Press Agency (AP) on Saturday, January 9.

In addition, the authorities have banned mass events. Restrictions also apply to residents of local villages.

According to the agency, 137 cases of coronavirus with symptoms and 197 asymptomatic cases were detected in the area in a week.

Earlier on Saturday, representatives of the Chinese health system said that vaccination against COVID-19 for residents of the country will be free. “Ordinary people don’t need to spend a cent,” said Zheng Zhongwei, a staff member of the National Health Commission.

According to him, the costs will be covered by the national health insurance fund and public funds.

On January 8, in the city of Shijiazhuang with a population of 11 million a lockdown and military position. This decision was made due to a sharp increase in new cases of coronavirus infection. Schools and residential complexes were closed in the city, the entrance was closed, and mail delivery was stopped for three days.