Jilin, a northeastern Chinese city has partially sealed its borders and reduced transportations after the emergence of a local coronavirus cluster which triggered fears of a second wave of pandemic in China. Jilin is a population of more than four million. The city has already suspended bus services on Wednesday and said people tested negative for the virus will only be allowed to go outside the city.
Movie theaters, coffee shops, gymnasiums, malls and other entertainment venues were immediately closed, said the local government in a statement. It further ordered all pharmacies to report all sales of fever and antiviral medicines.
On Wednesday, Jilin’s vice mayor warned saying the situation was “extremely severe and complicated” and “there is a major risk of further spread”. His announcement comes after a cluster of infections were reported in the suburb of Shulan over the weekend. Today, the city reported six new cases all linked to the Shulan cluster taking the total number of infections to 21.
Jilin city, the second-largest in Jilin province and the newly informed cases. China was the first country where the deadly virus first appeared. It is believed that the virus was transmitted into humans from a seafood market in Wuhan last December. China had effectively controlled the virus.