China on Sunday imposed stay-at-home orders on millions more people in the country’s northeast as it battles its biggest COVID-19 outbreak in two years.
The country has largely kept Covid at bay since it brought to heel its initial outbreak in 2020 using targeted lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions.
But the Omicron strain has broken through its defences in recent months and taken hold in multiple cities.
Jilin, the second-biggest city in Jilin province, will lock down about 4.5 million inhabitants for three days from Monday night, local authorities announced.
More than 4,000 new infections were reported across China on Sunday – with two-thirds in Jilin province, which borders Russia and North Korea.
Provincial capital Changchun said Saturday it would also tighten restrictions for three days.