The second wave of coronavirus infections appears to be occurring in China — just weeks after ground zero of the pandemic began lifting its extreme lockdown restrictions.
According to Breitbart, new reports from The Epoch Times indicate that there are fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 in Heilongjiang and Beijing.
The new outbreak in China has once again caused the government to use extreme measures in the area to try and prevent regions from suffering the same fate as Wuhan, the initial epicenter of the viral contagion.
Unlike here in the states where we are (mostly) trusted to voluntarily follow lockdown guidelines, the Chinese government is reportedly sealing residents in these areas inside their homes.
The government is also reportedly offering a reward of 3,000 yuan, approximately $420, for anyone turning in illegal immigrants from Russia.
According to Breitbart, China is partially blaming the outbreak on Russian migrants who crossed over to Heilongjiang province, China’s northernmost province that shares a border with Russia.
Reports have alleged that almost six dozen new cases of COVID-19 popped up over 10 days in the town of Suinfenhe. The Chinese government believes these cases were brought into the area from Chinese nationals returning home from Russia. The virus has reportedly already spread to neighboring areas.
China clamps down
According to The Epoch Times, The China Daily stated on Sunday: “The situation highlights the significance of ensuring close management of the epidemic and cutting off community transmission of the virus.”
China is now requiring a mandatory 14-day quarantine for those re-entering the Chaoyang district, the report noted.
“It doesn’t matter whether the person is working or living in Chaoyang district. Before he or she enters our residential compound, he or she has to stay at a quarantine center for 14 days. The cost is 175 yuan [$25] per day, and must be paid by the person,” Chinese government officials said, according to Breitbart.
The news of this new outbreak could not have come at a worse time for President Donald Trump. Momentum is building to reopen the U.S. due to new data showing that the infection rate has dramatically slowed.
This new outbreak in China could temper any momentum that was building to reopen the U.S. economy in May, however.