North China's Hebei Province, neighboring Chinese capital Beijing, enters "wartime" mode today.
The province reported 14 new confirmed locally transmitted cases and 30 asymptomatic cases today as per the provincial health commission with a total of 19 confirmed coronavirus cases and 40 asymptomatic cases since Saturday.
The Chinese mainland reported 33 new COVID-19 cases today, including 17 locally transmitted cases.
In its daily report, the National Health Commission said that of the locally transmitted cases, 14 were reported in Hebei, two in Liaoning, and one in Beijing.
Xiaoguozhuang village in Hebei’s provincial capital Shijiazhuang has been declared as a no-go zone under a full lockdown as it raised its COVID-19 emergency response level to high-risk today, becoming the only high-risk area in China at the moment after it reported eight new locally transmitted cases.
As of Tuesday, China has one high-risk area and 48 medium-risk areas, of which 32 are located in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, seven in Beijing, six in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, and three in Hebei.
Beijing enters the fourth week of new viral cases as municipal health authority confirmed one more case on Tuesday, bringing its tally to 993, with 40 still hospitalized.
Amid the flare-up of COVID cases in Beijing and surrounding areas, Beijing city has extended the COVID-19 observation period for inbound travelers to 21 days following sporadic locally-transmitted cases.
People will have to be in isolation or stay at home for another seven days after a 14-day observation period.
Meanwhile, inbound travelers may enter Beijing 21 days after they enter China at another port of entry.
According to the press conference, currently, a total of 2.59 million nucleic acid tests have been taken in Beijing, including the districts of Shunyi and Chaoyang, since a rebound in indigenous cases.