Given that the Chinese communist regime has been less than forthcoming about the coronavirus pandemic from its start, there has been skepticism regarding its recent claims of having brought the viral contagion under control.
Such doubts have proven justified in light of a report from The Epoch Times that a major city in northeastern China is now on lockdown following a new outbreak of COVID-19.
Jilin City placed on lockdown
The first case of this new outbreak appears to have been announced by Jilin provincial health officials in the city of Shulan on May 8, and more than a dozen other infections stemming from the same patient — reportedly a laundry worker at the local police department — were revealed in the days that followed, according to the South China Morning Post.
Reports suggest that Shulan was locked down on May 10, and just days later, on May 13, the larger nearby provincial capital of Jilin City — home to roughly 4.5 million residents — was also ordered to impose strict lockdown measures on residents.
One of the primary elements of that lockdown is the extensive tracking of all “close contacts” of a diagnosed individual, and testing anyone who had recently traveled overseas or anyone who’d recently been to any of several “high-risk regions” where an outbreak had occurred, as Business Insider notes.
Another provision involves the lockdown of all residential complexes and villages in and around the city, with any who enter having to register their personal information with and be examined by health officials, according to Business Insider. Patrol units would be assigned to keep a close eye on those who lived in areas that were difficult to completely lockdown, such as near major roads and highways.
Significant restrictions imposed
The lockdown of Jilin City also reportedly included the suspension of all intercity busing and trains and a requirement that anyone seeking to leave the city clear a nucleic acid test — which they must pay for themselves — prior to their departure.
Perhaps the most chilling aspect was a prohibition on clinics and pharmacies selling antibiotic and antiviral drugs and medicines, which prevents the people from treating themselves and forces everyone to be diagnosed and treated at a regime-designated hospital facility if an infection is suspected, according to The Epoch Times.
Meanwhile, as with other strict lockdown measures imposed around the world, all of the places where public crowds typically gather have been ordered closed. Furthermore, social gatherings have been banned, and masks are required for anyone venturing outside of their home.
Concerns continue to grow
The Epoch Times reported that, according to residents in the city, both the city’s police bureau and education bureau have been closed due to outbreaks among staff and workers that have compelled widespread quarantines.
It is unclear just how many people within Jilin have been diagnosed as infected in this new outbreak, and there are concerns that it may have already spread beyond the city prior to the new lockdown order having been imposed.
There was already reason enough to be wary of the “official” COVID-19 claims emanating from the communist regime, particularly in regard to assertions that the virus was fully under control, and news of this most recent lockdown in a major Chinese city only adds credence to that skepticism.