China on Friday imposed a lockdown in the northern city of Changchun amid a new spike of COVID-19 cases in the area. Residents are required to stay home and undergo mass testing of three rounds. Non-essential services have been closed, and transport links have been suspended. China reported more than 400 cases of local transmission nationwide on Friday. Hundreds of them are from Jilin province, surrounded by Changchun.
The region is under partial lockdown. Authorities are taking strict action by repeatedly imposing lockdowns in any community where more than one or more cases are found under their “ Zero-tolerance” policy. It is the highest surge in the covid in the last two years. Shanghai ordered schools to switch to online mode of classes as the cases of omicron variant is rising again. Beijing is also experiencing a spike in cases.
China has also approved five COVID-19 antigen kits made by local companies for self-testing. China’s National Medical Products Administration ( NMPA) published a notice on Friday which says that Huaketai Biotechnology had been allowed to make changes to its COVID-19 antigen test kit’s device certificate. The approvals come after the country’s health regulation on Friday said that it would allow the general public to buy the COVID-19 antigen kits.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on November 17, 2019, in Hubei province of China, according to the South China Morning Post. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and a Pandemic on 11 March 2020.
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