Inner Mongolia (North China) records 240 positive cases of COVID-19 in six days
As the COVID-19 outbreak in other parts of China wanes, it flares up in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which on Wednesday said it had recorded 240 positive infections in course of the last six days.
Since the seven positive cases reported on June 2, the daily count rose to 81 on Tuesday. The current 240 positive infections have spread across five regions in Inner Mongolia, with Erenhot, located in the Xilingol League and bordering Mongolia, being the most affected.
A senior local official has been asked to cut off virus transmission at rapid speed. Wang Lixia, deputy Party chief of Inner Mongolia, noted on Tuesday that the outbreak in Erenhot, the focus of this wave of epidemic resurgence, is severely complicated, pointing to a rapid speed in containing the virus.
The latest data released at Wednesday’s press conference showed Erenhot had been hit by Omicron, which infected 224 people in the city, most with mild symptoms.
The region now registers seven high-risk areas and one medium-risk area for COVID-19.
Since June 2, Erenhot has imposed static management with all communities under strict management and all residents encouraged to work from home. In- and out-of-town journeys have been suspended. If people want to leave for special reasons, they should contact the local anti-epidemic service.
Another city, Chifeng, required all people in public positions to work from home. Two certificates of negative nucleic acid tests performed within 48 hours are required to leave the city.