Some 20 million now locked down in China due to COVID as restrictions hit third city

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BEIJING (AP) — A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of the COVID-19 outbreak, leaving nearly 20 million confined to their homes in China.

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It was unclear how long the lockdown of Anyang City, home to 5.5 million, would last, as a notice said it was being done to facilitate large-scale testing, but did not indicate when testing would be completed. But will it end or not?

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Another 13 million people are locked up in Xi’an city and 1.1 million in Yuzhou.

Anyang’s lockdown follows the confirmation of two cases of Omicron on Monday, which are believed to be linked to two other cases detected in the city of Tianjin on Saturday. Omicron appears to have spread for the first time in China beyond people arriving from abroad and their immediate contacts.

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Residents are not allowed to leave their homes, non-essential vehicles have been banned on the roads and shops have been ordered to close, according to a city notice shared by state media late Monday. .

Xi’an and Yuzhou are both battling the delta variant and neither have reported any Omicron cases. The largest outbreak to date in China, home to Terracotta Warrior ruins, has infected nearly 2,000 people in Xi’an, an ancient capital.

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