Lanzhou was put on lockdown on October 26 to contain the outbreak. Residents were instructed not to leave their homes unless it was an emergency.
On October 25, 2021, health officials revealed that nearly 106 cases of COVID-19 were reported in 13 tour groups and 11 provincial regions. Previously on October 23, 41 confirmed locally transmitted cases had been reported in Northwest China's Gansu province, out of which 30 were from Lanzhou city. Seven were recorded by Zhangye, two by Jiayuguan, and one each by Tianshui and Longnan.
Wu Liangyou, Deputy Director of the National Health Commission's Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, said, "Most cases reported in the recent wave were caused by the Delta variant and related to tourism. The origin of the virus is still under investigation."
The Gansu province halted all travel operations since the cases were reported. Cultural activities, exhibits, and large meetings were also prohibited. Zhou Min, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Transport's emergency control office, said that public transport is suspended to contain the virus.
On October 26, officials in Lanzhou imposed a lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading further after six additional cases were detected in the city. Only essential services were permitted, and residents were only allowed to leave their homes in an emergency, reports the Guardian. The state media said that Lanzhou station had canceled over 70 trains, mainly connected to major cities such as Beijing and Xi'an.
According to The Times, a city of 4 million people has been ordered to stay at home to avoid getting infected. It also reports that Chinese leaders want to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak as they prepare for the 2022 winter Olympics.
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