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China Locks Down Second City Amid Omicron Threat

  • Country reported more than 110 local infections on Tuesday
  • Covid continues to flare as Beijing Olympics get closer
Residents in Anyang City are tested on Jan. 10.
Residents in Anyang City are tested on Jan. 10.Photographer: Wang Zirui/Costfoto/Future Publishing/Getty Images
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China locked down a city of five million people a day after detecting omicron in the central Henan province, its second shut down in as many months, underscoring the nation’s commitment to eliminating Covid as two highly transmissible variants circulate. 

Authorities in the city of Anyang told residents not to leave their homes and banned use of all vehicles after two people were reported with the more contagious omicron variant on Monday. Another 58 cases were disclosed Tuesday morning, according to the local health authorities, though they didn’t say whether the infections were caused by omicron.