North China’s Shijiazhuang sets up 458 quarantine centers to curb COVID-19

A total of 458 observation centers in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of north China’s Hebei Province, are being used for centralized isolation, according to local authorities on Thursday.

The city’s recent sporadic COVID-19 cases have gradually diminished and most of the new cases were detected in the centers, said Meng Xianghong, deputy mayor of Shijiazhuang, at a press conference.

All quarantined individuals undergo nucleic acid testing every two days, said Meng. A total of 34,029 people have been quarantined in the centers as of noon on Thursday.

Hebei Province reported 20 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and four locally transmitted asymptomatic cases on Wednesday, all found in Shijiazhuang, the provincial health commission said on Thursday.