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Hebei capital locks down, 11 million people stopped from leaving the city, patient zero unidentified
Published on: 2021-01-08
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Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, has locked down outbound traffic and banned residents from leaving as the city reported a record 117 COVID-19 infections, including confirmed patients and silent carriers, on Thursday. Concerns continue to rise over a potential and graver situation as the origins of these cases have yet to be found.
 

Shijiazhuang reported 50 confirmed cases and 67 asymptomatic ones. Xingtai, another Hebei city whose outbreak is connected to that of Shijiazhuang, reported one new confirmed patient and two asymptomatic cases on Thursday. Total infections has surpassed 230 since the outbreak was detected on Saturday.
 

All people in Shijiazhuang are not allowed to leave the city, Shijiazhuang authorities announced at Thursday's press conference. Residents of Gaocheng district, the only high-risk area in China, are also banned from leaving the district.
 

The lockdown was a heightened measure after 80 percent of flights were canceled in the morning. Authorities also imposed temporary closures on railway stations and suspended operations of the long-distance bus transit station in the city.
 

As of 12 pm on Thursday, more than 6.11 million nucleic acid test samples had been collected after citywide testing of 11 million residents started on Wednesday. Among 2.4 million results, 11 new positive cases were found, said Shijiazhuang health authorities.
 

The first reported patient in the new outbreak showed symptoms on December 28 and was confirmed to be infected on January 2. In later massive testing in the village where the patient lives and neighboring villages, more cases were found and the daily number increased dramatically.
 

The patients took part in many activities around the New Year holidays, attending multiple weddings and other public gatherings. Family clustered infections are another characteristic of the outbreak.
 

The earliest onset of symptoms among patients dated back to December 20, meaning the density of the virus in the villages was already very high at the end of 2020, considering that villagers have frequent interpersonal contacts.
 

Who the patient zero was and where the virus originated from are still not clear. Speculation has circled around the international airport in Shijiazhuang, which is only about five kilometers from the affected village area.
 

河北石家庄全员不得离市!

1月7日)晚上,河北省石家庄市召开新闻发布会,通报疫情防控最新情况。
 

石家庄正在进行全员核酸检测,全市所有车辆及人员均不得出市。高风险地区藁城区人员均不离开本区域,中风险地区人员严格管理,同时减少管控范围内的人员流动。
 

截至今天中午12点,石家庄市累计核酸采样6109685人,累计核酸检测2416695人,新增阳性11例。
 

邢台市刚刚通报,截至今晚6点,邢台市已累计采样5947038人,其中,南宫市已全部检测完毕,新增2例阳性。此外,自1月6日和7日起,邢台全区域相继发出通告,全民免费核酸检测。
 

由于周边出现中高风险地区,河北省辛集市从今天起至10日对全市所有常住和流动人口开展预防性全员免费核酸检测;秦皇岛往返石家庄、邯郸地区部分旅客列车临时停运;定州市取消常态化限行,农村、社区、小区封闭管理。

此次河北疫情年龄大的病例占比较高,其中61%以上的确诊病例是50岁以上的中老年人,治疗救治难度加大。

今天起,天津全市暂停往返北京市、河北省、辽宁省、黑龙江省的长途客运班线及跨省包车业务;明天起,北京首都机场将暂停燕郊线机场巴士运营。

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