New outbreak prompts China to close campus
Beijing China has detained nearly 1,500 university students in their dormitories and hotels after the outbreak of COVID-19 in the northwestern city of Dalian.
The order was issued on Sunday after dozens of cases were reported in the university city of Zhuanghe and hundreds of students were taken to hotels for observation.
The students attended the class remotely and delivered their meals to their rooms.
The lockdown is the latest example of China’s zero-tolerance approach to the outbreak, which has caused significant disruption to people’s lives and livelihoods.
Quarantine, compulsory tests and travel restrictions have become a way of life for many residents. The country’s vaccination rate is among the highest in the world, and authorities began giving booster shots with the onset of winter.
While these measures have met with no outright resistance, the killing of a quarantined person’s pet dog by health workers has led to a flurry of complaints online. The incident in the central city of Shangrao prompted local authorities to issue a statement saying that the pet owner and health workers had “reached an understanding”.
From Wednesday, the capital, Beijing, will require all people coming from other parts of the country by plane, train or car to take a negative virus test that has been taken over the past 48 hours.
Despite isolated cases in different parts of the country, China has managed to suppress the outbreak significantly over the past year, with the total number of reported cases reaching 98,315 with 4,636 deaths.
On Monday, the National Health Commission announced 32 new local transmission cases in the past 24 hours, 25 of which were in Dalian.
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