The city, which is home to the famous Terracotta Warriors, is the centre of the largest coronavirus outbreak in China since the original epicentre in Wuhan. The final week of 2021 saw China’s case number climb to its highest point since March 2020, when many countries across the world plunged into lockdowns.
This approach is one that Xi’an is seeing once again, as its 13 million inhabitants went into a strict lockdown nearly a fortnight ago.
However, residents in the city say they are now at risk of starving within the confines of their own homes as venturing outside to buy food is now a distant prospect.
Under previous measures, one person from every household would be allowed out of their home to buy groceries every two days.
This was then tightened in response to rising cases.
CHINESE authorities reportedly raided dozens of homes in the middle of the night and forced people onto buses to quarantine camps under the world’s strictest lockdown.
The country is racing to control one of its worst outbreaks in a single city since the beginning of the pandemic with a sweeping lockdown and draconian restrictions.
Woolworths Group Ltd., Australia’s biggest supermarket operator, said some store deliveries are being delayed, while rival Coles Group Ltd. said growing numbers of staff are isolating because of household exposure to the virus.
A wave of coronavirus infections in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, is hampering deliveries from major distribution centers to suburban supermarkets. The state — which includes Sydney — has recorded more than 100,000 cases in the past five days.
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While the omicron variant appears less severe than previous strains, the sheer volume of infections is disrupting supply chains by grounding essential workers. The soaring cases follow an easing of restrictions in most of Australia, which for much of the pandemic had pursued a Covid Zero strategy while it distributed vaccinations. More than 90% of those over 16 are now fully vaccinated.