NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

China Detects More Omicron Cases, Bigger Lockdowns, Check Points.

China Detects More Omicron Cases, Bigger Lockdowns, Check Points

Omicron In China: China reported more cases of Omicron Covid variant.

Beijing:

China reported more cases of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant on Monday, with authorities on high alert over flare-ups in major cities just weeks ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The emergence of the fast-spreading variant is yet another test of China's zero Covid strategy, with authorities already battling several outbreaks -- including in Xi'an where 13 million city residents were in their third week of lockdown.

Fears grew about a cluster of infections in the northern city of Tianjin, which was linked to two Omicron cases reported Monday in the city of Anyang around 400 kilometres (250 miles) away.

"The general public should not leave Tianjin unless essential to do so," city officials said in a statement Sunday.

Those who need to leave must obtain official permission and test negative for the virus within 48 hours of their departure, it added.

Schools and university campuses have been closed, and trains into Beijing from Tianjin have been cancelled.

Road checkpoints have been set up for vehicles entering the capital.

Tianjin -- just 150 kilometres from Beijing -- has already ordered the testing of all 14 million residents.

Another 21 cases were reported in the city Monday, although the strain of virus wasn't confirmed.

Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed masked people in Tianjin's Nankai district queueing for virus tests on Sunday from medical workers in white hazmat suits.

Gu Qing, director of the Tianjin Municipal Health Commission, told reporters at the weekend that the new cases are "mainly students and their parents who go to the same nursery and school."

Henan outbreak

The world's most populous nation -- where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019 -- slowed the spread of the virus to a trickle through its zero Covid strategy, which includes targeted lockdowns, border restrictions and lengthy quarantines.

While China's total reported cases are far lower than other virus hotspots such as the United States and Europe, there is widespread concern about the impact of Omicron.

Authorities in the city of Anyang in central Henan province also announced the testing of all residents -- more than five million people -- over the weekend.

The city on Monday reported two Omicron cases linked to the Tianjin cluster.

Henan reported 60 new cases Monday but did not break down the tally by variant. The provincial capital Zhengzhou has closed schools and kindergartens, and stopped restaurants from accepting dine-in customers.

Before the latest cluster, China had reported just a handful of Omicron cases, all linked to imported infections.

Authorities are especially wary of major outbreaks ahead of the Winter Olympics, which Beijing will host from February 4-20.

The global event will coincide with the busy Lunar New Year holidays over which millions of people travel across the country.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Related news

U.S. resists plans to make WHO more independent

Top European Union donors, including Germany, back the plan, along with most African, South Asian, South American and Arab countries, three of the European officials said.

Global News

Tom Cotton rips Joe Biden: This is why he doesn't talk to press.

Tom Cotton rips Joe Biden: This is why he doesn't talk to press.

Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., discusses Joe Biden’s formal press conference and Jen Psaki clarifying the president’s comments. #FoxNews ... TOM COTTON: [President Biden] can get angry and shout and shake his fists at the clouds like Grandpa Simpson ...

Confusion over NATO's Russia stance as Biden celebrates one year in office - DW News.

Confusion over NATO's Russia stance as Biden celebrates one year in office - DW News.

US President Biden held a marathon two-hour press conference at the White House to mark his first year in office. He said what was uncomfortable and obvious: NATO is not always unified over what to do about Russia. And he threw confusion on top of...

The Daily Climate Show: Manchester Clean Air Zone 'paused'.

The Daily Climate Show: Manchester Clean Air Zone 'paused'.

A row over the Clean Air Zone in Manchester, questions over 'Blue Hydrogen' production and a new coral reef discovered off the coast of Tahiti. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow us ...

Biden meets with infrastructure task force as he marks one year in office.

Biden meets with infrastructure task force as he marks one year in office.

President Biden gave an update with his infrastructure task force on projects nationwide that he says will help ease supply chain problems. CBS News White House reporter Kathryn Watson joined CBSN to discuss how Mr. Biden plans to move forward on ...

‘Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster’ - Thursday, Jan 27 at 10/9c on ABC.

‘Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster’ - Thursday, Jan 27 at 10/9c on ABC.

An ABC News primetime event on the infamous Gambino mob family, featuring a new interview with one of the most notorious hitmen in mafia history, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano.

16 52

'The Five' reacts to Biden's press conference blunders.

'The Five' reacts to Biden's press conference blunders.

'The Five' panel weighs in on the White House being forced to correct Biden's blunders. #FoxNews #TheFive Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news serv...