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Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Xi’an have placed the city of 13 million under lockdown, amid a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and fears over a recent outbreak of epidemic hemorrhagic fever, local residents told RFA.
Xi’an is now faced with a double epidemic,” she said. “Everyone in China is paying attention to Xi’an right now,” she said.
The Chinese daily said the hemorrhagic fever "shared similarity in early stage symptoms with COVID-19". The report said there were also cases imported from abroad coming in from international flights.
And for Xi'an, Chinese analysts said that the city faced the dual challenge of cluster COVID-19 infections and the spread of hemorrhagic fever, an acute infectious disease characterized by fever, bleeding and renal damage, which can lead to death.
Health experts said that the early stage symptoms of hemorrhagic fever also include fever and coughing, similar to COVID-19, which could put pressure on early diagnosis or testing.
There have been three transmission chains - "work, family and community"- just over 10 days since the first local case was found in Xi'an. However, we have not figured out the links between different transmission chains, Lu said.
Chinese authorities have put 13 million people in Xi'an on lockdown while applying strict COVID-19 rules. All domestic flights have been cancelled with just three international flights allowed. Train travel to destinations across China has also been suspended.
Starting Thursday, the 13 million residents in Xi'an were required to stay indoors. Only one family member of each household is allowed to leave the house to purchase daily necessities every two days. Other than special needs such as sickness or participating in anti-epidemic work, people are not encouraged to go outside.
The Xi'an Xianyang International Airport cancelled all domestic flights on Thursday. Chinese flight tracking platform Feichangzhun showed that 765 flights scheduled on Thursday were cancelled. Only three international flights at the airport remained as of press time. Trains to multiple cities were also suspended.
originally posted by: JAGStorm
a reply to: infolurker
If we look at Covid from a conspiracy standpoint, I always believed all these “waves” were just tests to see how society would react. Who would resist, who would obey. How much people would stock up, how work would shut down or resume.
We are living in the biggest social experiment of our lives. I’ve always feared something much much worse than Covid is on the horizon.
Xi’an city’s confirmed coronavirus case count is far lower than what other cities have reported overseas. But the city has also reported an unspecified number of hemorrhagic fever cases, a high mortality disease transmitted by rodents. Local authorities have noted the disease appears seasonally, typically from October to January, and from April to June.
The city also attracts many tourists for its Terracotta Warriors — an army of clay sculptures from ancient times. Located in central China well over 800 miles from the east coast metropolis of Shanghai, Xi’an is one of the last major urban areas before the poorer regions of the west.
The local spread of the coronavirus cases mean that as of Wednesday, Xi’an city had one high-risk district, and 40 medium-risk districts. These risk designations affect the kind of virus control measures used, especially for determining whether a traveler is allowed into another city.
originally posted by: Skyman65
a reply to: infolurker
Something seems fishy about this, possible fear propaganda?
I heard no specifics about the hemorrhagic fever and buried deep in the article we stated the symptoms they shared was a slight cough and a fever.
when normal people think of really covid symptoms they think about runny nose, cough, chest congestion and fever.
They don't mention how the hemorrhagic fever was spread, or where it came from. Just about it being a Delta outbreak.
Curious indeed. My fingers are crossed.
“Hemorrhagic fever is a common infectious disease in northern China,” the paper said. “Starting from October every year, some areas of Shaanxi [of which Xi’an is the provincial capital] enter the high incidence season of hemorrhagic fever.”
The disease, also known as epidemic hemorrhagic fever, is caused by hantavirus, with rodents as the main source of infection, it said.