Rural governments in China are banning funerals and weddings to contain a recent spread of the Chinese coronavirus across northern provinces including Hebei, which surrounds the national capital, Beijing, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.
Local government authorities sealed off Hebei’s provincial capital, Shijiazhuang, along with the neighboring city of Xingtai, last week to contain a regional surge in new daily coronavirus cases.
“Outlying villages around the two cities account for around 70 percent of cases in the latest outbreak,” according to the report.
“Over 70 percent of those infected in the city [Shijiazhuang] are farmers, the majority of whom are from middle-aged and elderly groups,” Hebei health official Li Qi said at a January 12 press conference.
“Those infected had attended weddings, funerals, or other village activities in recent weeks,” local health authorities revealed.
In northern Shanxi province, located west of Hebei, the city of Jinzhong announced “strict controls on gatherings” on January 11,