New outbreak prompts China to close campus

New outbreak prompts China to close campus

Beijing China has confined nearly 1,500 university students to their dormitories and hotels in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the northeastern city of Dalian.

The order was issued on Sunday after dozens of cases were reported in the university city of Zhuanghe and hundreds of students were taken to hotels for observation.

The students attended the class remotely and delivered their meals to their rooms.

The lockdown is the latest example of China’s zero-tolerance approach to the outbreak, which has caused significant disruption to people’s lives and livelihoods.

Quarantine, compulsory testing and travel restrictions have become the new normal for those trapped remotely in outbreaks. The country’s vaccination rate is among the highest in the world, and authorities began giving booster shots with the onset of winter.

While these measures have met with no outright resistance, the killing of a quarantined person’s pet dog by health workers has led to a flurry of complaints online. The incident in the central city of Shangrao prompted local authorities to issue a statement saying that the pet owner and health workers had “reached an understanding”.

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In the wake of the incident, the China Small Animal Protection Association called for a quarantine system to care for pets caught in such situations.

In a statement, she said, “Pets are people’s spiritual partners and should not be harmed under the pretext of fighting an epidemic. If you drop the hand of doom on an innocent life without the slightest ability to defend itself, how can you even speak of humanity?”

Among other new measures, starting Wednesday, Beijing will require all people coming from other parts of the country by plane, train, bus or car to take a negative virus test taken in the past 48 hours.

Despite isolated cases in different parts of the country, China has managed to suppress the outbreak significantly over the past year, with the total number of reported cases reaching 98,315 with 4,636 deaths.

On Monday, the National Health Commission announced 32 new local transmission cases in the past 24 hours, 25 of which were in Dalian.

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This story has been corrected to say that Dalian is a northeastern city in China, not a northwestern city.

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