- Chinese officials banned weddings, funerals, public performances and conferences in Harbin city, located in the northeastern part of the country
- Checkpoints were also installed at the airport and train stations, to screen people entering the city as residents were asked to strictly adhere to social-distancing measures
- The news came as the Asian country announced there were only two critically ill patients left in Wuhan, the former centre of the pandemic
China has imposed new limits on movement in some northern parts of the country following a spate of new coronavirus infections, signaling it would be difficult for the Asian nation to fully recover from the outbreak that nearly paralysed the country.
The restrictions imposed over the past week included the city of Harbin, which has 10 million inhabitants where a number of new infections had been reported.
According to a report by Daily Mail on Thursday, more than 70 new infections were reported in Harbin while 4 000 others were being tested after the virus was allegedly imported by a student from New York, USA.
Officials in the city banned gatherings of any kind and asked residents to closely monitor non-local visitors and vehicles in the city.
Other measures which were announced included wearing face masks, using government approved health apps and checking of body temperatures while weddings, funerals, public performances and conferences were banned.
The news came as China announced there were only two critically ill patients left in Wuhan, the former centre of the pandemic.
Harbin is the provincial capital of Heilongjiang in north-eastern China.
Globally, over 2.6 million cases of the virus had been reported with over 185 000 deaths as of Thursday, afternoon according to Worldometers, a real-time statistics website.
The US led in the number of confirmed cases with over 849 000 followed by Spain (213 000), Italy (187 000), France (159 000) and Germany (150 000).
China had recorded 82 000 cases.
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