A northeastern Chinese city has partially closed its borders and cut traffic after a local coronavirus cluster has emerged that has fueled growing fears of a second wave of infection in China.
Jilin, with a population of more than four million, stopped bus services on Wednesday and said that residents can only leave the city if they have had a negative COVID-19 test in the past 48 hours and are unspecified for a "more severe" period Self "isolation".
All cinemas, gyms, internet cafes and other closed entertainment venues must be closed immediately, and pharmacies must report all sales of fever and antiviral drugs, the local government said in a statement.
The city is located in the province of the same name, Jilin.
At the weekend, a group of infections was reported in the Shulan suburb. Jilin's deputy mayor warned on Wednesday that the situation was "extremely serious and complicated" and "there is a great risk of further spread".
The city reported six new cases, all linked to the Shulan cluster, on Wednesday, and increased the total number of cases linked to a local laundry worker to 21.
Shulan shut down public transportation and trains leaving town on Sunday.
The city of Jilin, the second largest in Jilin province, stopped train traffic from the main train station on Wednesday morning, the state broadcaster CCTV reported.
China has largely brought the virus under control, but has been nervous about a possible second wave as it has lifted bans and restrictions across the country.
The emergence of new cases in Wuhan in the past few days, after weeks without new infections, has triggered a campaign to test all 11 million people in the city, in which COVID-19 first appeared at the end of last year.
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