COVID-19 surges in northeastern and southern China, postponing international events

Recently, China’s national media reports that COVID-19 has surged in various parts of the country, international events have been postponed, districts have been closed, and residents in the affected areas have been inspected overnight.

May 15, local government in Yingkou City, Liaoning Province, northeastern China report All 13 local cases of COVID-19 infection are linked to photo studios. Nine areas across the city of 2 million have risen to moderate COVID-19 risk, and tens of thousands of residents have lined up for overnight inspection.

According to official reports, all confirmed cases were employees of the local “Golden Childhood Photography Studio”, even in close contact with individuals Li and Lu who tested positive in Anhui on May 13. There is.

This has led local Chinese Communist Party officials in Anhui and Liaoning to blame each other for the cause of the outbreak.

On May 13, five cases were confirmed in Hefei and Lu’an, the capitals of Anhui Province. Official notices have identified Lee, who lives in Feixi County, Hefei City, who has visited three other states and five cities in the last 18 days, as the cause of the local epidemic. On May 14, the Anhui Epidemic Prevention and Administration Department issued a notice stating that Lee had traveled to Dalian, Liaoning, where he was in close contact with infected patients. was denied Claim.

The incident triggered local governments to track 3,048 people in close contact.In both states Postponed event, Anhui Huangshan International Marathon, 14th Anhui International Tea Industry Expo, Dalian International Walking Festival, etc.

The Bayuquan District in Yingkou City, Liaoning Province and the residential area in Lu’an City, Anhui Province have been closed since May 14.

Meanwhile, a mandatory mass test for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus, was being conducted in both states, past midnight on May 15.

In Feixi County, Anhui Province, tens of thousands of people have already been tested.

Residents of Feixi’s Champai Town, which is listed as a medium-risk location, told the Epoch Times that the area has not yet been blocked. However, people within a few kilometers of radius are forced to take the test.

“They shouted in the middle of the night, knocking on the door from house to house and letting us test. Hundreds of staff, including staff from regional offices and doctors, asked us to do our nucleic acid tests. became.”

Meanwhile, Lee and Lu reportedly stayed in the Bayuquan District of Yingkou City, Liaoning Province, and traveled between the Golden Childhood Photography Studio and the Hui Jinyang Hotel many times before arriving in Anhui Province. ..

According to an online video, at 10:30 pm on May 14, residents of the Bayukuan area, including children and the elderly, were still waiting in line for inspection. I couldn’t see the end of the line. Yingkou City officials reported on May 15 that the Bayuquan District has completed the first round of compulsory testing for all residents and that the second round will begin on May 16.

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Screenshots of an online video of an overnight COVID-19 mass test in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, China. May 14, 2021.

Currently, nine neighborhoods and villages in Yingkou, including one in Gaizhou and eight in the Bayuquan District, have been upgraded to medium-risk areas. Vehicles and personnel in the district cannot leave without special reason. Those who need to leave must show a negative test within 72 hours of departure.

The Epoch Times learned from a local shopkeeper in Gaizhou that there was a confirmed incident in the village of Yandian. Currently, the entire village is closed and residents cannot leave.

“We are very close to it (Yandian village) and are not allowed to go out,” he said. “Some stores are still open, but there are no people on the street. I haven’t been out for a day, and there are no customers after the store opens.”

He added that all locals had a nucleic acid test on May 14.

The staff of the Hui Jinyang Hotel, where Mr. Lee was staying, told The Epoch Times that the hotel is currently in quarantine and is not accepting reservations, and all hotel staff are waiting for instructions on future arrangements. During that time, he said he was isolated at the hotel. The staff refused to answer other questions about the situation.

The Epoch Times has asked Golden Childhood Photography Studio for comment.

The actual number of infected people in Yingkou and Anhui is unknown, as the Chinese Communist Party administration has concealed the epidemic in China.

Hong Ning, Zhang Bei, Xiao Lusheng, Gu Xiaohua, and Zhang Yujie contributed to this report.