The city went into strict lockdown on Dec. 22, following a coronavirus outbreak that officers attributed to the delta variant. Xi’an, with a inhabitants of 13 million and a serious vacationer web site for the famed Terracotta Warriors, has reported over 2,000 infections since December final yr.
Xi’an is about 600 miles southwest of Beijing.
China is in search of to stamp out native transmission of the omicron and delta variants with its “zero COVID” coverage. A number of municipalities and cities within the southern province of Guangdong in addition to Beijing have in latest days reported native instances of the extra contagious omicron variant.
Beijing reported its first native omicron an infection on Saturday, in keeping with state media, simply earlier than it hosts the Olympics beginning on Feb. 4 and round two weeks earlier than the beginning of Lunar New Yr celebrations.
The contaminated particular person lives and works within the city’s northwestern district of Haidian and had no journey historical past outdoors of Beijing for the previous two weeks. The person skilled signs on Thursday and was examined on Friday for Covid-19, officers stated in a information convention Saturday.
The affected person’s residential compound and office have been sealed off and authorities are mass-testing folks linked to both location. Some 2,430 folks had been examined as of Saturday evening, in keeping with The World Occasions, a state-owned newspaper.
Beijing Day by day reported Sunday that the capital would require vacationers to take nucleic acid assessments inside 72 hours of entry beginning Jan. 22.
Officers throughout the nation additionally urged residents to remain of their cities for the brand new yr, as a substitute of touring again to their hometowns.
China reported 119 new instances on Saturday, of which 65 have been home. The nation has reported 104,864 infections for the reason that starting of the pandemic.