China clears all COVID-19 medium and high risk areas Monday
Published: Feb 22, 2021 10:38 AM

Customers are seen at a shopping mall in Qiaoxi District of Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 5, 2021. Many commercial complexes and shopping malls in Shijiazhuang resumed operation in an orderly manner on Friday.Photo:Xinhua

China cleared all COVID-19 medium and high risk areas on Monday, after hard-hit Gaocheng district in Shijiazhuang city, Hebei Province, and the last COVID-19 medium risk zone in Northeast China's Heilongjiang were both downgraded to low risk on the same day.

China's mainland Monday reported no local COVID-19 infections and 11 imported COVID-19 cases, according to the National Health Commission. On February 18, all high-risk areas in China were now cleared as the traditional Spring Festival came to an end, and no surge in infections was reported during the seven-day holiday.

Shijiazhuang city authorities on Sunday declared that all areas in Gaocheng district, where cluster infections were reported in the recent flare-up, will be adjusted to low-risk from Monday. The bus service in the district will resume to normalcy as well. 

Starting from Monday, Shijiazhuang city will gradually resume inter-provincial and inter-city long-distance bus lines and chartered buses. Operations of catering venues, public cultural facilities, indoor and outdoor sports venues across the city will also be resumed from the same day in an orderly manner, the authority said.

After seeing COVID-19 flare-ups in January and being put into a lockdown to curb the infections, the city started to resume social activities and production on January 29 as the epidemic was contained. 

On February 8, two days ahead of the Spring Festival, Shijiazhuang resumed its train services. Metro lines in the city also restarted on February 19.