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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Three cases have been reported from the northeast China city of Harbin
  • The officials have commenced mass testing
  • The residents have been permitted for essential travel, only if they can provide a negative test report

On Wednesday, health officials are sent to the northeast China city of Harbin to investigate a COVID-19 outbreak. The city has reported three infection cases, a day after discovering the first case of community transmission.

While investigating the cases, the officials have commenced mass testing. Reviewing the situation, the officials have ordered businesses like mahjong parlors, cinemas, and gyms to shut.

The people are being strictly warned to stay back at home. However, the residents have been permitted for essential travel, only if they can provide a negative test report.

For several days, China has managed to curb the spread of the deadly virus through a costly and strict strategy that relies on lockdowns and mass testing. However, the new emerging cases have raised a sense of concern among the officials.

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