As most countries are returning back to normalcy with a fall in Covid-19 cases, China is currently battling the worst outbreak of the virus in two years.
On Sunday, the country shut down the second city, Shenzhen, which has a population of over 17 million, to control the spike in positive cases. The first city to go under a complete lockdown was Changchun, which has a population of 9 million.
Jilin city was partially shut down on Saturday while Yanjim an urban area of 700,000 people, was placed under lockdown on Sunday.
The high-tech Shenzhen city will seal all communities, villages and suspend bus and metro services from Monday to Sunday due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak. In a statement, city authorities urged the residents to work from home and to step out only to buy daily necessities.
It may be noted, new locally transmitted cases in China have surged to more than 3,100, the National Health Commission reported on March 13, which is the highest since the Wuhan outbreak. It is said that coronavirus first broke out in Wuhan in December 2019 before it spread to the entire world.
The recent surge in positive cases has also compelled authorities to close down schools in Shanghai and several northeastern cities are under complete lockdown as various provinces are fighting the Omicron variant of Covid.