The northeastern city of Jilin has announced a lockdown after a second wave outbreak occurred.
The city shares the same name as the province it is located in, and is the second largest city in the province, with 4.5 million residents.
This is the first major city to enact a lockdown since most regions in China eased quarantine measures throughout March and April.
The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus first broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, and spread quickly across the country. Most of China was placed under lockdown in early 2020.
But when regions officially reported no or few cases in March—though experts were skeptical of Chinese authorities’ figures—restrictions were lifted.
For the second wave outbreak, the Jilin provincial health commission announced its first case on May 8: a 45-year-old cleaning lady who worked at Shulan city’s police bureau. Since then, over a dozen more diagnoses were confirmed in Shulan city and nearby Jilin city.
On May 10, the Party boss of Jilin Province announced at a conference in Jilin city that Shulan had entered “wartime.”
The Jilin city government on May 13 announced 11 special regulations to contain the outbreak.
According to the announcement, each local district must locate all close contacts of diagnosed patients, as well as people who returned to the city from traveling overseas or from visiting “high risk regions.” A high-risk region refers to an area where a virus outbreak recently occurred.
All villages and residential compounds must be locked down. Anyone who wishes to leave or enter their household must register their personal information, scan their mobile-app-generated health code, and have their body temperatures taken. In communities that are difficult to fully lock down or are located close to highways, local authorities must arrange patrolling teams to check on pedestrians.
All long-distance passenger transportation, such as trains and intercity buses, have been suspended. Anyone who wants to leave the city must take a nucleic acid test less than 48 hours before departure, and the result must be negative. The traveler must pay for the test themselves.
All pharmacies and clinics in the city have been banned from selling antipyretic, antiviral, and antibiotic drugs—which prohibits people with a fever to take such medication. Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus. Any suspected patients must be diagnosed and treated at designated hospitals. The announcement listed 23 designated hospitals in the city.
All museums, cinemas, theaters, entertainment facilities, stadiums, public bath houses, and other public facilities have closed down.
Restaurants are allowed to open but must maintain social distancing rules. Cafeterias cannot supply any dine-in services.
Social get-togethers are also banned. All residents must wear a mask when going outside.
Jilin and Shulan city residents told The Epoch Times that the outbreak was more severe than what the government portrayed.
Ms. Yang operates a courier company near the Shulan police bureau. “The first patient’s husband works at the police bureau. Now the whole police bureau is closed. All officers are under quarantine,” she told the Chinese-language Epoch Times.
Ms. Liu operates a restaurant in Shulan. She said the local education bureau, which manages all schools in the city, was closed and that all staff are currently under quarantine.
A lady who works at a supermarket close to the education bureau said: “Some teachers have tested positive as asymptomatic carriers. Staff at the education bureau are close contacts [of them].”
The interviewees said all schools in Shulan have closed down and students are now studying online.
A resident from downtown Jilin city told the Chinese-language Epoch Times that travel has been severely restricted. “We can only leave the city by driving… We need to fill out forms and present a nucleic acid test report before leaving the city.”
A lady who operates a hotel in Fengman district said that anyone who has a connection with Shulan are now required to be taken to quarantine centers to self-isolate.
The virus may have spread further.
On May 12, Jiaohe—a county-level city in Jilin city—authorities announced that all attendees of a wedding ceremony at Dardun Hotel on May 3 must be quarantined for 21 days.
The alert said one diagnosed patient from Fengman district is a wedding photographer. He drove to Jiaohe with two other people on May 3, had a meal at a local restaurant, and shot videos at the wedding. All attendees may have been exposed to the virus.