Chinese Authorities Issue Strict Quarantine Rules Following Outbreak in Coastal City
The Chinese regime is also known to underreport cases in order to downplay any crisis; thus, it is difficult to assess the true scale of the most recent outbreak.
But for the most recent National Day holiday from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8, authorities claimed the city was safe for visiting.
On Oct. 11, authorities said the new cases were all related to the Qingdao Chest Hospital and closed down the facility. They were a patient being treated at the hospital, a woman who was a medical aide there, and her husband.
Hours after the announcement, the Shandong provincial government ordered all the city’s residents to take nucleic acid tests.
Soon after, the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian issued a notice on its official social media accounts: “All residents should not go to Qingdao unless for necessary trips.”
The Dalian government also asked any residents who had recently visited Qingdao, especially the Qingdao Chest Hospital, or anyone who had contact with a person who came from Qingdao after Sept. 27, to report themselves to authorities and perform strict quarantine procedures.
Furthermore, any resident who wishes to travel to Qingdao in the near future, must follow the strict quarantine rules upon returning to Dalian.
The Dalian authorities told residents to visit the hospital if they have fever, coughing, diarrhea, fatigue, and other possible COVID-19 symptoms. “[Suspected patients] should not take public transportation to go to a hospital,” it added.
Dozens of other Chinese cities have since issued similar messages to their residents, such as Heze city in Shandong Province, Dandong in Liaoning Province, Baicheng in Jilin Province, and Ganzhou in Jiangxi Province.
In the most recent spike of cases, state-run newspaper Health Times quoted doctors from the Qingdao Chest Hospital, who said their facility was closed and would not take any new patients.
Health Times reported that the hospital was treating COVID-19 patients, but didn’t disclose how many.
U.S.-based China affairs commentator Tang Jingyuan said that the strict quarantine rules and requirement for all residents to undergo testing belie the severity of the outbreak.
“From the Shandong and Qingdao government’s reaction, we can surmise that the CCP virus outbreak in Qingdao concerns the authorities,” he said in a phone interview.
Top leaders in the Chinese regime are also hinting about the political importance of containing outbreaks. “After Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced the country won the epidemic [on Sept. 8 during a speech], no officials in China dare to report the real scale of the outbreak,” Tang added.