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China second wave: Beijing on alert as city of 4.4m people faces Wuhan-style lockdown

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Chinese city Jilin announced new Wuhan-style lockdown measures would be put in place amid the second wave of COVID-19. The former Chinese capital put the Fengman District on high alert on Sunday after recording three new locally transmitted coronavirus cases and one death. The Wuhan-style travel restrictions include bans on all foot and vehicle traffic out of the city.

It will also mean the closing of schools and entertainment venues such as cinemas, gyms and restaurants.

Unlike many countries in the West, all shops and the majority of supermarkets in the district will also be closed.

Residential districts have been put on closed management and have demanded only one member of a household leaves to shop for essentials once a day.

Over the weekend, the provincial Government fired six officials, including Shulan Communist Party Chief Li Pengfei.

This was due to the handling of the second wave which had so far resulted in 18 confirmed cases since May 7th.

To deal with the expected spike in coronavirus cases, on Friday the Jilin Ice Sports Center was converted into a field hospital in 48 hours.

It is currently ready to accept patients however it is unclear which category of patients would be sent to the arena.

Footage last week showed secondary school pupils being sent home after an increase in coronavirus cases.

This comes less than 6 weeks after China reopened the schools and declared victory over the outbreak.

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