A major Chinese city has adopted draconian quarantine measures against the novel coronavirus after a new outbreak was detected there.
More than 70 people have been infected and over 4,000 are being tested in Harbin after the virus was believed to be ‘imported’ into the city by a student who had returned from New York, according to media reports.
Officials have banned gatherings and ordered communities to closely monitor non-local visitors and vehicles in the city of around 10 million.
Checkpoints have been installed at the airport and train stations, to screen those coming from elsewhere. The news comes as China today announced that there were only two critically ill patients left in Wuhan, the former center of the pandemic.
The government yesterday released a directive to instruct further restrictions on its residents, visitors, and inbound traffic.
Residents must follow social-distancing measures. Weddings, funerals, public performances, and conferences are banned.
Anyone in home-quarantine must pass two nucleic acid tests, which detect the coronavirus, and one anti-body test, which shows if it has had the virus in the past.