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A whole lot of recent COVID circumstances reported in Tibet and Xinjiang — Radio Free Asia


The variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances continued to rise in western Tibet and Xinjiang, the place Chinese language authorities have stepped up mass testing of residents in main cities, sources within the areas mentioned.

As of Tuesday, the Tibet Autonomous Area (TAR) recorded 5,892 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, a rise of 211 from the day earlier than, because the variety of infections has risen within the capital Lhasa and close by areas, in line with official figures. 

The variety of constructive COVID-19 circumstances is rising in neighboring Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area (XUAR). 

As of Tuesday, the area recorded 3,154 confirmed circumstances, with 173 new ones, in line with official figures. Increasingly more persons are being quarantined, and a scarcity of meals objects for buy in main coronavirus sizzling spots reminiscent of Ghulja (in Chinese language, Yining) remains to be extreme. 

“It has been 21 days now underneath lockdown,” a Ghulja resident instructed RFA on Tuesday. “They [authorities] mentioned meals was provided with vans, however we haven’t seen any supply to us. We’re solely consuming potatoes nowadays” 

There had been just one prior confirmed an infection within the TAR — an individual touring from central China’s Hubei province to Lhasa examined constructive for the virus in January 2020 — till Aug. 7 of this yr, when new circumstances started to emerge quickly.

As of Monday, greater than 46,450 folks in Tibet had been quarantined as mass testing was carried out, in line with official figures. 

1000’s of Chinese language vacationers visiting the area when lockdowns had been put in place stay stranded at Lhasa Gonggar Airport. RFA reported per week in the past that tens of 1000’s of Chinese language vacationers stranded in Lhasa and in Shigatse (in Chinese language, Xigaze) and Ngari (Ali) had been making an attempt to depart the area. 

On Aug. 16, the TAR’s Transportation Division introduced that those that are leaving by air or practice should take two COVID checks inside 24 hours of their departure and have a certificates indicating destructive outcomes.

Now, Tibetan college students attending colleges in China usually are not in a position to make it again to high school on time, sources mentioned. 

Many confirmed circumstances have been reported amongst Chinese language vacationers in Tibet, a few of whom have been in a position to return house by way of totally different routes. 

Official Chinese language experiences, nevertheless, state that many vacationers have left the area as a result of all guesthouses and accommodations across the airport are utterly occupied, whereas others nonetheless caught in Tibet are staying in non permanent tents on airport parking heaps.

Tibet is without doubt one of the flash factors in China for the contagious respiratory illness with 514 areas of the nation’s complete of 1,369 sizzling spots, in line with Chinese language media. 

Lhasa residents instructed RFA that they’re discovering it tough to buy groceries, together with greens, because of restrictions on motion put in place by Chinese language authorities.  

Authorities additionally punished 19 folks in Tibet for violating the COVID-19 guidelines and rules, supply mentioned, although no particulars concerning the nature of the punishment imposed nor the people punished was obtainable. 

Translated by Tenzin Dickyi for RFA Tibetan and by RFA Uyghur. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.




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