Coronavirus: City in Southeast China Seals Highway Entries and Exits

Coronavirus: City in Southeast China Seals Highway Entries and Exits

Putian city in southeastern China’s Fujian province sealed off more than half of its highway entry and exit points on Sunday as part of an effort by municipal authorities to contain a new, local outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus, Reuters reported on Monday.

“Among a total of 20 highway entries and exits in the city, 12 have barred vehicles from entering or leaving,” according to the news agency.

Municipal authorities barred all 3.2 million residents of Putian from leaving the city starting September 12 except for reasons deemed “essential” by local government officials.

“In principle those in Putian should not leave the city and those who must leave must hold a negative nucleic acid certificate taken within 48 hours,” Putian’s anti-epidemic group stated in a September 12 press release.

Residents queue to undergo nucleic acid tests for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Xianyou county, Putian city, in China

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, leads other Chinese leaders attending the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, China on Oct. 29, 2020. (Wang Ye/Xinhua via AP)

Putian municipal authorities announced Sunday they would suspend the operations of various indoor entertainment venues including theaters, cinemas, museums, libraries, internet cafes, bars, chess and card parlors, and gyms.

Putian government officials further ordered restaurants to shorten their opening hours and reduce capacity limits. Residents of the city are strongly encouraged to work from home. In-person learning for nearly all kindergarten and elementary schools, as well as some high schools, has been suspended.

“Since September 10, the infections linked to Putian’s epidemic outbreak has soared to 96 in three days, 79 in Putian, 10 in Xiamen and seven in Quanzhou,” the Global Timesreported on September 13.

Quanzhou is is a port city in Fujian province located about 59 miles southwest of Putian, while Xiamen is another Fujian port city located 55 miles southwest of Quanzhou. All three cities are situated directly across the Taiwan Strait from Taiwan.

Gabrielle Reyes