CNN: Chinese woman stuck in blind date’s house by sudden Covid lockdown

CNN: Chinese woman stuck in blind date’s house by sudden Covid lockdown. “The 30-year-old woman, identified only by her surname Wang, went to meet her blind date for a home-cooked dinner on January 6 in her hometown of Zhengzhou, a city in central China grappling with a coronavirus outbreak…. Just when Wang was about to go home after the meal, she found out the whole neighborhood had gone into a swift lockdown, she said.”

Associated Press: China’s Tianjin on partial lockdown after omicron found

Associated Press: China’s Tianjin on partial lockdown after omicron found. “State broadcaster CCTV said the government has divided Tianjin and its 14 million residents into three levels of restrictions, starting with lockdown areas where people are not allowed to leave their homes at all. In control areas, each household is allowed to have one family member leave to buy groceries every other day, while in prevention areas, people must remain inside their immediate neighborhoods.”

Associated Press: China locks down 3rd city, raising affected to 20 million

Associated Press: China locks down 3rd city, raising affected to 20 million. “A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people. The lockdown of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, was announced late Monday after two cases of the omicron variant were reported. Residents are not allowed to go out and stores have been ordered shut except those selling necessities.”

Associated Press: US, Japan agree to keep troops on base to curb COVID spread

Associated Press: US, Japan agree to keep troops on base to curb COVID spread. “The U.S. and Japan on Sunday agreed to keep American troops within their bases as worries grew about a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The restrictions starting Monday will last 14 days, confining U.S. military personnel to base facilities except for ‘essential activities,’ a statement from the U.S. Forces in Japan said. The Japanese Foreign Ministry released the same statement.”

Reuters: Smash and shout: Dutch find new ways to vent COVID-19 frustrations

Reuters: Smash and shout: Dutch find new ways to vent COVID-19 frustrations. “One swinging a sledgehammer and the other a crowbar, twin brothers Steven and Brian Krijger grin as they take turns pulverising a Peugeot 106 spray-painted with the words ‘F*** COVID’. They are participants in ‘CarSmash’, a Dutch project aimed at providing locked-down locals with ways of releasing anger and frustration built up during a pandemic now entering its third year.”

CBS News: China locks down entire cities over tiny COVID outbreaks to prevent spread ahead of Beijing Olympics

CBS News: China locks down entire cities over tiny COVID outbreaks to prevent spread ahead of Beijing Olympics. “The city of Zhengzhou ordered its nearly 13 million residents to take COVID-19 tests Wednesday after a handful of cases were detected, as China fights to stamp out virus clusters ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Everyone in Zhengzhou, which has been placed under a partial lockdown, must be tested to ‘thoroughly uncover infections hidden among the public,’ the city’s government said in a statement Wednesday. The city has detected 11 cases in recent days.”

Yuzhou: Second Chinese city forced into Covid lockdown (BBC)

BBC: Yuzhou: Second Chinese city forced into Covid lockdown. “China has put a second city into total lockdown after just three asymptomatic Covid cases were discovered. Yuzhou – which has a population of 1.1 million – saw its transport system shut down and all but essential food stores closed overnight. It follows a similar lockdown in Xi’an, where 13 million have been confined to their homes since 23 December.”

China: Xi’an residents in lockdown trade for food amid shortage (BBC)

BBC: China: Xi’an residents in lockdown trade for food amid shortage. “Some residents under quarantine in the Chinese city of Xi’an have resorted to bartering supplies in recent days, as worries of food shortages continue. Posts on social media show residents swapping supplies and even tech gadgets in exchange for food. About 13 million have been confined to their homes since 23 December, and presently cannot leave to buy food.”

China: Xi’an authorities vow supply to daily necessities amid COVID-19 lockdown (ANI)

ANI: China: Xi’an authorities vow supply to daily necessities amid COVID-19 lockdown. “The authorities of Xi’an city of China have pledged to ensure the supply of daily necessities as the lockdown in the city entered its tenth day. So far, seven patients in the recent Covid-19 epidemic resurgence in Xi’an have been treated, cured and transferred to Xi’an Qinhuang Hospital for ongoing health monitoring, Global Times reported.”