2022-01-12 18:30


City Tightens Travel Restrictions as Omicron Cases Rise

City Tightens Travel Restrictions as Omicron Cases Rise

Residents take nucleic acid tests in Tianjin on January 9, 2022. Photo: VCG

North China's Tianjin Municipality has tightened travel restrictions by taking measures such as suspending all inter-provincial highway passenger bus services and charter services toward Beijing to contain the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The city has so far reported 97 cases of COVID-19 amid the new wave.

Compared with the other variants, Omicron spreads faster and hides well among the masses. Under the new wave of Omicron, one student has infected more than 10 other people.  

Till Tuesday noon, a total of 97 residents in Tianjin have tested positive for COVID-19, including 49 local confirmed cases and 15 asymptomatic cases, while 33 positive cases require further verification. 

Three residential communities in Tianjin heightened their COVID-19 risk levels to high on Tuesday, according to the municipal government.  Five residential communities were classified as medium-risk for COVID-19.

To control the issue, a total of 279 inspection sites have been set up on roads, and residents are required to provide negative nucleic acid test certificates taken within 48 hours and other health-related information being leaving Tianjin.

Some train stations in Tianjin took control measures such as suspending the operation and sale of train tickets toward Beijing. From Tuesday, tourists are allowed to refund their train tickets starting from Tianjin at railway stations or online without charge, the authorities said.

Since Monday, passengers traveling through Tianjin Binhai International Airport must present a negative nucleic acid test certificate taken within 48 hours, departure certificate and other health information. 

Along with the current preventive and control measures, stricter measures will be adopted for passengers traveling to Beijing such as health codes and temperature checking on trains.

Source: Global Times


COVID-19 Update Jan.12th

1. Shanghai: 

+1 local case

+20 imported COVID-19 cases

2. Chinese mainland:

+166 local case

+55 imported COVID-19 cases

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