China has placed its Lanzhou city of around four million people under lockdown issuing orders for citizens not to leave their homes except in emergencies, after about half a dozen cases were confirmed in the city.

As the rest of the world opens up, China has maintained a zero-Covid approach that has seen harsh local lockdowns imposed over handfuls of cases. On Tueday, the country saw fresh restrictions as China reported 29 new domestic infections including six in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province in the country’s northwest.

The latest ‘outbreak’ has been linked to the deadly Delta variant of the virus, with 198 cases reported in the country since October 17, of which 39 have been in Lanzhou.

Etry of exit of residents from their homes will be strictly controlled and will be allowed only to get essential supplies or medical treatement. Bus and taxi services have been suspended and over 70 trains stopped.

Testing for COVID-19 is ramped up in the country after health officials warned that more infections may emerge and the current infections are linked to a group of domestic tourists who travelled from Shanghai to other provinces of China.

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