Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on China's Xi'an

Virus Outbreak China
Posted at 8:30 PM, Jan 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-23 23:30:25-05

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities have lifted a month-long pandemic lockdown on the northern Chinese city of Xi'an and its 13 million residents.

The announcement Monday followed the restart of commercial flights from the city the day before.

Xi'an has been a cornerstone of the ruling Communist Party's “zero tolerance” strategy toward COVID-19 that mandates lockdowns, travel restrictions, and mass testing whenever a case is discovered.

Xi’an is about 600 miles southwest of Beijing, where the Winter Olympics open on Feb. 4.

Access to Xi'an was suspended on Dec. 22 following an outbreak attributed to the delta variant of the coronavirus.

In Beijing, residents of a district of 2 million people are being tested due to several cases.