Covid in China: trains suspended from Xinjiang, passengers stranded and discouraged

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Beijing, September 28, 2022. AFP - NOEL CELIS

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The government of Xinjiang in northwest China has again suspended all trains departing from the Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Ninety-one cases of Covid were reported this Wednesday, October 5.

The authorities admitted their failure in controlling the epidemic. 


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From our correspondent in Beijing


Stéphane Lagarde

Less than two weeks before the

XX Congress of the Communist Party of China

, health authorities have further tightened restrictions on inter-regional and inter-provincial travel.

At the slightest case of contamination, the sanitary passes on smartphones can turn orange and, when that is not enough, the means of transport are completely eliminated.

Cries and containment

This suspension of trains affects all departures from Xinjiang.

It falls right in the week of “golden holidays”, which have become a kind of lottery for those who dare to spend their holidays away from home.

Traveling is indeed risking getting stuck in your vacation spot in China.

Faced with health measures, protests are increasing, as yesterday in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, in the province of Yunnan in the south-west of the country.

Cries and confinement when the police in white overalls and armed with automatic rifles burst into the airport like "Stormtroopers" in

Star Wars


Images of disgruntled users angry at having to spend the night at the hotel at their own expense have gone around the web.

#0Covid In southwestern China, the autonomous prefecture of Xishuangbanna has been partially confined - low risk - since 2 p.m. today.

At the station, the stormtroopers are out (photo weibo) 🧶

— Stephane Lagarde (@StephaneLagarde) October 4, 2022

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On the other hand, there is little video from the ultra-surveillance and censored region of Xinjiang, which now has more than 50 high Covid risk areas and where confined people complained last month of a break in the food supply.

Lack of testing and mishandling of samples have led to infections.


The Omicron rebound has resulted in local spread and spillovers to many other provinces,

" said the region's vice president


I would like to express my deep apologies to the affected areas.


The vice mayor of Urumqi, the region's capital, added that even travelers who have "

special reasons

 " to go to Beijing will need to obtain permission from local health teams in coordination with epidemic authorities in Beijing. the Chinese capital.


To read also: China: exhausted by endless confinements, the inhabitants of Shenzhen protest


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