Border city Manzhouli in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Saturday reported three positive COVID-19 cases during its regular epidemic prevention and control testing of designated residents. The city announced that a massive city-wide nucleic acid test has been organized and epidemiological investigation is under way.
Residential communities and working venues related to the three cases have been locked down to prevent the virus from spreading, said the local authorities, adding origin tracing and epidemiological investigation is ongoing and the public should not be panic.
All the residents are advised not to go outdoors unless if it's necessary. A series of measures were also announced on Saturday.
Trade markets and entertainment venues are required to suspend operation. Restaurant dinning, weddings, funerals, offline meetings and religious gatherings are banned. Taxi and public transportation services all stopped. Private and community medical centers have suspended operation. Only emergency services with public hospitals are available to needy patients. Old nursery and welfare organizations began close-loop management. Offline education is also suspended.
Public security authority announced that anyone hiking commodity prices and hoarding for speculation will be punished.
Manzhouli is a city bordering Mongolia and Russia, with many China-Europe freight trains passing through every year, contributing to the global economic revival and supply chain stability amid the pandemic.
More than 3,000 China-Europe freight trains had passed through Manzhouli by the end of September, achieving the annual 3,000-train goal two months ahead of plan, Xinhua News Agency reported in October. Among them, 1,469 trains were Europe bound, 1,659 were China bound, a year-on-year increase of 11.2 percent and 35 percent respectively.