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What lockdown is like in China's Hebei province after the new Covid-19 outbreak

Hazmat workers disinfecting the streets of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province, China on January 21, 2021.
Hazmat workers disinfecting the streets of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province, China on January 21, 2021. © Douyin

The January 2 discovery of a cluster of coronavirus infections in Shijiazhuang, the capital of China’s northern Hebei province, has led to China’s most severe Covid-19 outbreak in five months.  

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Shijiazhuang has recorded 865 confirmed cases from January 2 to February 1, 2021. Douyin (Chinese TikTok) users are sharing videos about their life under a lockdown that has gone on for three weeks.