The Chinese authorities have imprisoned the approximately 400,000 residents of Anxin County, Hebei Province, south of Beijing, to deal with the spread of the corona virus in connection with the outbreak of the Beijing Xinfadi wholesale market on June 11.
The drastic measure announced on Saturday was imposed immediately after 18 cases of coronavirus were discovered, all related to the Beijing market outbreak. According to the Shanghai Jiefang Daily newspaper, up to five of these cases are asymptomatic.
The authorities responsible for coronavirus management have warned that this is an “extremely serious” situation and have therefore justified these restrictions in order to prevent contamination to other regions and within the province itself.
It is nominally a “closed management” but similar to the incarceration imposed in China at the height of the epidemic. Residents cannot leave the house unless they have to go to a hospital or work to prevent the epidemic.
In addition, entry of non-resident vehicles into cities, communities and buildings is prohibited, and each family must designate a person who is allowed to leave at most once a day with a special permit to meet basic needs.
In addition, residents must register with their ID and check their temperature when they enter the street, enter a community or a building.
Members of the Chinese Communist Party have been asked to convince family and friends not to “take to the streets, visit, receive guests, or gather.” They are also invited to organize neighborhood patrols to avoid non-compliance. Neighbors must watch their neighbors and report who is not following the confinement.
In addition, the municipalities must recruit 80 university students or voluntary graduates for these temperature controls and contacts.