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China suspends international flights for Xi’an amid COVID-19 resurgence

Due to the newest COVID-19 revival, China halted foreign passenger flights to Xi’an on Wednesday.

Since December, Xi’an, in the Shaanxi province of northwest China December, Xi’an has been under heavy lockdown.

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Domestic flights had already been halted in the city, according to the Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, as reported by Xinhua.

With international lines linking 74 main destinations in 36 countries across the world, the airport is an important air transportation centre in western China.

The city reported a locally transmitted COVID-19 case on December 9, involving an employee disinfecting at a quarantined hotel for arriving planes from the airport. Since then, a slew of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases have appeared, according to Xinhua.

People in Xi’an, China’s northwestern metropolis, are worried and irritated with the local administration over Beijing’s zero-Covid policy, which depends on mass testing, prolonged quarantines, and emergency lockdowns in the event of a viral comeback.

For almost two years, these strict measures have kept the majority of the country safe from the worst effects of the pandemic, but as local outbreaks continue to erupt, the outcry in Xi’an raises the question of how long zero-Covid can be maintained before public support dwindles, trapping millions of people in a seemingly endless cycle of lockdowns, according to CNN.

According to CNN, Chinese social media has been flooded with requests for aid and criticism of the local Xi’an government’s alleged inefficiency during the last week.

As of Monday, the hashtag “Grocery shopping in Xi’an is tough” has been seen 380 million times on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like site.

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