City ravaged by coronavirus places residents under house arrest


People in the coronavirus-ravaged city of Xiaogan have two options stay at home or face jail time, according to a report.

The city which is the worst-impacted city after viral ground zero Wuhan warned residents that they will be subject to 10 days in jail if they break the house arrest.

All urban residents must stay at home and are strictly forbidden from going out, officials said. Rural villagers are strictly forbidden from visiting each other or holding any gatherings.

More than 2,700 cases of the virus have been detected among the 4.8 million residents in Xiaogan, which is located around 37 miles from Wuhan in Hubei province, the report said.

The death toll in the city reached 70 on Sunday as the ban went into effect at midnight.

Xiaogan officials also ordered all businesses to close in addition to banning vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles from the roads, the report said. Anyone who doesnt follow these orders will be fined 500 yuan.

Source: https://nypost.com

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