After the May Day holiday, the local COVID-19 epidemic in Liaoning and Anhui spread to other provinces in China. However, the cause and route of virus spread remains unknown, and close contact with thousands of identified cases has been tracked.
In Shenyang, the capital and largest city of Liaoning Province, more than 40,000 people were reportedly forced to quarantine their homes because they traveled during their May Day vacation. People were quarantined regardless of whether they had been tested for the virus. According to netizens, local officials were seen to blockade the residential area again, blocking the entrances to some homes and the windows of some buildings. Basic human rights By the government.
An employee of a supermarket near the Yi Won community in Heping District, Shenyang, told NTD, the sister media of The Epoch Times,: During Mayday’s vacation, some of the inhabitants went on vacation to Yingkou. “
Wu Zunyo, chief epidemiology expert in China, said the series of outbreaks can be traced back to Mayday holidays, when large-scale gatherings and trips led to a surge in the case of viral infections. Told to. Experts also say that the risk of spread in China is now increasing.
Currently, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are officially reported only in Liaoning and Anhui provinces. However, the identified close contacts of thousands of confirmed cases have already reached seven states and regions, including Beijing, Hubei, Jiangsu, Gansu, and Shanxi.
Notification from the Health Committee of the ruling Chinese Communist Party Said The local incident was still reported in Liaoning Province on May 17.Meanwhile, Shenyang also designated three more regions as medium-risk, resulting in the total number of medium-risk regions in China. Up to 22.. Local authorities have also announced a mass inspection of all residents of the high-risk Shenyang area.
The Shenyang government announced that a 61-year-old retired man and an 83-year-old mother were infected between May 15 and 16. During the May holiday week, these two cases were one of a family of 12 who traveled to the Bayuquan District of Yingkou, Liaoning Province, which has reported clusters of COVID-19 infections since last week.
To date, Yingkou City alone has issued a total of 14 official letters of support to six states, five cities and one autonomous region to track close contact with infected patients.
As of May 19, no other state or city has reported associated COVID-19 cases. Yingkou yet.
Liaoning and Anhui officials have blamed each other for being responsible for the occurrence of COVID-19 in this round in China, as “zero patients” have not been reported or identified.
An unknown source of infection caused a panic among Chinese netizens who questioned the official story. One person posted, “Why were the other people in Yingkou healthy, but only the people in Shenyang were infected?”
Another person asked, “Why did they get infected where no cases have been reported for more than half a year? This is an important question.”
Meanwhile, netizens are posting images of their neighborhood, which is blocked by Yingkou, on Chinese social media. A similar image from Shenyang was also posted.
Reflecting reports from Shenyang, community epidemic prevention personnel in Xiongyue Town, Yingkou City’s Bayukuan district, have begun to block the relevant housing community, including blocking the entrance to buildings and the doors of residents’ homes, Netizens said. Stated. On May 17, the community door and the unit building door were locked. The doors of some buildings were closed by welding.
Official State Media Xinhua After May Holiday Week report The suggestion from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention is that when returning from a trip, people need to monitor their health for CCP virus symptoms. The news has led people to suspect that the Chinese Communist Party has hidden the actual situation of the COVID-19 epidemic in China since the beginning of the crisis in Wuhan. report Compared to other countries.
Qin Peng, a current US-based commentator on the matter, told The Epoch Times that the round’s COVID-19 infection occurred after several months of unreported local cases in China. He believes that the COVID-19 epidemic never disappeared in China and the Chinese government did not report it, as the information released by the Chinese Communist Party administration is not transparent. When reported, authorities will say that the case of the virus came from abroad.
Huang Yun and Xiao Lusheng contributed to this report.