Workers spray clouds of disinfectant through streets in southern China as millions of residents are released from month-long Covid lockdown
- Clouds of disinfectant swept through the streets of Zhangjiajie in Hunan provincie
- Hundreds of residents came out of their homes as coronavirus lockdown eased
- Comes after about 1.5 million residents in Zhangjiajie . were locked up
Workers in protective suits sprayed disinfectant through the streets in southern China after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted in the region.
Clouds of disinfectant swept through the streets of Zhangjiajie in Hunan province after workers were deployed in the area on Aug. 25.
Footage later showed hundreds of residents emerging from their homes with flags in their hands as they celebrated the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
The scenes come after about 1.5 million residents were ordered on July 29 to stay in their homes in the tourist destination of Zhangjiajie, near Zhuzhou, following an outbreak of the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
Workers in protective suits spray clouds of disinfectant on the streets of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province, China on Aug. 25
Workers flood the streets with disinfectant after the region was shut down on July 29
During the clip, workers in protective gear line up as they walk the streets, dousing the area with disinfectant.
Last month, millions of people were once again imprisoned in China as the country tried to contain the Delta variant as it reached more than 20 cities and more than a dozen provinces.
The latest wave, dubbed the “most extensive outbreak of Covid since Wuhan” by state media, began when airport workers in Nanjing who had cleaned a plane that had arrived from Russia later tested positive for the virus.
Local governments in major cities, including Beijing, tested millions of residents while shutting down residential complexes and quarantining close contacts.
And the town of Zhangjiajie was also shut down after an outbreak spread among theatergoers who then took the virus to their homes across the country.
Officials at the time said they were urgently looking for people who had recently traveled from Nanjing or Zhangjiajie, and urged tourists not to travel to areas where cases had been found.
The streets are being sprayed with disinfectant after some 1.5 million residents were ordered to stay in their homes in the tourist destination of Zhangjiajie last month.
Millions of people were locked up again in China last month as the country tried to contain the Delta variant
The central city of Zhuzhou in Hunan province has also ordered more than 1.2 million residents to stay at home under strict lockdown for three days as it rolled out a city-wide testing and vaccination campaign, according to an official statement.
Meanwhile, Beijing blocked tourists from entering the capital during the peak summer vacation season.
The Delta variant, which first surfaced in India and is much more transmissible than the original version of Covid, has proved particularly difficult to control for many countries that until now have relied on border closures to keep the number of cases down.
Coupled with low vaccination rates, such countries – most of which are in Asia – are now seeing cases rise to record or near-record levels, with leaders rushing to impose lockdowns.
Cases are also at or near all-time highs in Japan and South Korea, although strict domestic lockdown measures have curbed the kind of exponential growth seen elsewhere.