Photos: China places four cities under lockdown amid Covid-19 surge

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:30 AM IST
Security personnel direct a commuter in Ang'angxi district as the province prepares to declare an "emergency state" asking residents not to leave unless necessary in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, China on January 12. China recorded its biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in more than five months on January 13, stepping up containment measures that have seen four cities put under lockdown.(AFP)
Men guide bicycles while riding along a street in Beijing on January 13. Most of the new cases were reported near Beijing, but a province in the far northeast also saw a rise in infections, Reuters reported.(Wang Zhao / AFP)
A woman holds a child outside a shopping mall complex in Wuhan on January 13. While Wuhan was the initial epicentre of the novel coronavirus, which emerged there in late 2019, China had in recent months largely kept it at bay.(Nicolas Asfouri / AFP)
Medical workers wearing protective suits escort a patient to the fever clinic at a hospital in Beijing on January 13. The National Health Commission on January 13 reported a total of 115 new confirmed cases on the mainland, compared with 55 the previous day, the highest daily increase since July 30, Reuters reported.(Greg Baker / AFP)
People wearing face masks are seen on a subway following in Shanghai on January 13. The National Health Commission said 107 of the new cases were local infections. Hebei, the province that surrounds Beijing, accounted for 90 cases, while northeastern Heilongjiang province reported 16 new cases, Reuters reported.(Aly Song / Reuters)
A man wearing a face mask walks past a Happy New Year billboard on a street in Shanghai on January 13. The wave of infections is likely to put a damper on next month's Lunar New Year holiday in China, when hundreds of millions of people typically travel to their home towns.(Aly Song / Reuters)
A robot machine takes a swab sample from a man to test for Covid-19 infection in Shenyang, Liaoning province on January 13. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,706, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634, Reuters reported.(AFP)
People wearing face masks seen during a rush hour in Wuhan on January 13. The spike in new cases comes as a World Health Organization (WHO) team of experts investigating the origins of the pandemic is set to arrive on January 14 in Wuhan. The team will have to spend 14 days in quarantine, Reuters reported citing NHC spokesman Mi Feng.(Nicolas Asfouri / AFP)

Security personnel direct a commuter in Ang'angxi district as the province prepares to declare an "emergency state" asking residents not to leave unless necessary in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, China on January 12. China recorded its biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in more than five months on January 13, stepping up containment measures that have seen four cities put under lockdown. (AFP)

Men guide bicycles while riding along a street in Beijing on January 13. Most of the new cases were reported near Beijing, but a province in the far northeast also saw a rise in infections, Reuters reported. (Wang Zhao / AFP)

A woman holds a child outside a shopping mall complex in Wuhan on January 13. While Wuhan was the initial epicentre of the novel coronavirus, which emerged there in late 2019, China had in recent months largely kept it at bay. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP)

Medical workers wearing protective suits escort a patient to the fever clinic at a hospital in Beijing on January 13. The National Health Commission on January 13 reported a total of 115 new confirmed cases on the mainland, compared with 55 the previous day, the highest daily increase since July 30, Reuters reported. (Greg Baker / AFP)

People wearing face masks are seen on a subway following in Shanghai on January 13. The National Health Commission said 107 of the new cases were local infections. Hebei, the province that surrounds Beijing, accounted for 90 cases, while northeastern Heilongjiang province reported 16 new cases, Reuters reported. (Aly Song / Reuters)

A man wearing a face mask walks past a Happy New Year billboard on a street in Shanghai on January 13. The wave of infections is likely to put a damper on next month's Lunar New Year holiday in China, when hundreds of millions of people typically travel to their home towns. (Aly Song / Reuters)

A robot machine takes a swab sample from a man to test for Covid-19 infection in Shenyang, Liaoning province on January 13. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,706, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634, Reuters reported. (AFP)

People wearing face masks seen during a rush hour in Wuhan on January 13. The spike in new cases comes as a World Health Organization (WHO) team of experts investigating the origins of the pandemic is set to arrive on January 14 in Wuhan. The team will have to spend 14 days in quarantine, Reuters reported citing NHC spokesman Mi Feng. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP)

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China scrambles to head off a new wave of infections after it recorded its biggest daily jump of Covid-19 cases in more than five months on January 13. The Chinese National Health Commission reported a total of 115 new confirmed cases on the mainland, compared with 55 the previous day, the highest daily increase since July 30. The spike in new cases comes as a WHO team of experts investigating the origins of the pandemic is set to arrive in Wuhan on January 14.

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