Kashgar Shufu County experience: suddenly was informed that they can not leave their homes, tourists can not walk

“Since the sun rose yesterday, we have been told we are not allowed to leave the house,” Aila (a pseudonym), who lives in Shufu County, Kashgar, told the Health Times on Oct. 25.

Aila lives in Shufu County community, only 5 kilometers away from the asymptomatic infected people station Min Township second village.

On the evening of October 24, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Health and Wellness Committee latest report, October 24, 2020, Kashgar region Shufu County, Kashgar region “should be tested” personnel for regular testing, found a case of new coronary pneumonia asymptomatic infection, female, 17 years old, Shufu County, Kashgar region Station Min Township, two villagers.

On October 25 at 18:00, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region People’s Government Information Office held a news conference on the Kashgar epidemic, as of 14:00 today, 137 people tested positive for nucleic acid, all associated with their parents in the three villages of the factory. Experts have diagnosed all of them as asymptomatic. So far, a total of 138 cases of asymptomatic infections have been reported in Kashgar, Xinjiang. The Kashgar regional epidemic prevention and control work headquarters immediately launched a first-level response.

Local residents: “When the sun was just rising, they were suddenly told not to leave their homes.”

Ella, who runs a small business in Sparrow County, had just woken up on the morning of October 24 when she was notified by the neighborhood association to take a nucleic acid test and was told that she couldn’t leave her house and had to stay home, “We didn’t know what was happening.”

“When we were called for the nucleic acid test early in the morning, we were all baffled, when we asked what was the reason and no one told us or knew what was happening, it was a full nucleic acid test,” Ella told Health Times, “because the news was not announced until the evening, so, many of us were very nervous during the day.”

It wasn’t until the evening that the latest bulletin from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region’s Health and Wellness Commission answered the doubts of Ira and many residents, “and it wasn’t until then that the tension was relieved,” Aila said.

The place where Aila lives is only about 5 kilometers away from the second village of Zhanmin Township, where the aforementioned asymptomatic infected person is located. “Even though I live close, I feel much relieved to see the official response.” Aila claims that we all had a frightening day.

Zhou Li (a pseudonym), 31, who lives in Kashgar, decided to return home quickly after seeing the online news around 8 p.m. because he had been staying at another friend’s house in the city for a small get-together during the day, “I returned to the entrance of the community at about 21:14, when I found out that the community was doing nucleic acid tests,” Zhou Li told the Health Times.

Seeing such a scene, Zhou Li went to the supermarket in passing to see if he could stock up on some food: “The result was that the supermarket was sold out, and I went back to the community in silence.”

On the afternoon of October 24, the Xinjiang Kashgar City Health Committee quickly set up a nucleic acid sampling team to carry out nucleic acid testing and sampling for all Kashgar residents and current personnel in Kashgar. By 8:00 on October 25, 602 nucleic acid testing team in place, nucleic acid has been sampled 308,207 people, is expected to use two days to complete the universal nucleic acid testing.

“Now we are not allowed to go out, the door of the unit is not even allowed to go out, we just stay at home and cook our own food at home,” October 25, 2:00 p.m., Zhou Li said, “There is still food at home, and the community will deliver if needed. Hopefully, it won’t be closed for too long, and when it’s all checked out, if there are no problems, we can be let out.”

Ella told reporters, “currently stay at home after doing nucleic acid tests in the afternoon of the 24th, but there was no notice of the epidemic.” On the evening of the 24th, the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region held a region-wide video conference to report on the situation of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic in the sparsely populated county of Kashgar.

On the morning of October 25, according to CCTV news, the National Health and Wellness Commission has sent a working group to Kashgar, Xinjiang today to guide the local epidemic prevention and control work.

At 19:50 on October 25, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region People’s Government Information Office held a press conference on the Kashgar epidemic, and Gu Yingsu, deputy director of the Xinjiang Health and Wellness Commission, reported on the flow and traceability of the epidemic. A case of asymptomatic neo-coronavirus pneumonia infection was reported in Shufu County, Kashgar. He worked in a garment factory in Shufu County. The family has a family of four, it usually lives in the workplace, recently had three home rest. This year, the infected person has been in Shufu County.

Local tourist: “A girl ran wildly and asked me why you haven’t run yet.”

Kashgar is known as the westernmost city in China, with the Tarim Basin in the east and the Pamir Plateau in the west. As early as more than 2100 years ago, it was the meeting point of the north and south in the west of the Chinese section of the Silk Road, and was the transportation hub and gateway for China’s economic and cultural exchanges with the west. Kashgar is short for Kashgar, which means a jade-like place.

As the westernmost frontier city of China, Kashgar is an important gateway to the west of China, with one city and 11 counties under its jurisdiction, namely Kashgar City, Shufu County, Shule County and so on.

Kashgar in October has golden poplars, snow-capped mountains and meadows that can be seen when you go out, and some people say, “Kashgar is a place specially made for autumn.” So, in addition to the year-round residents living in Kashgar in October, there is a constant stream of tourists.

Qin Huai (pseudonym) is a photography enthusiast from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, he started from Guangdong Province on October 10, to Urumqi, and all the way south, and arrived in Kashgar on October 20. early on October 24, he came to the ancient stone city scenic area in Taxian County, stop and go, in his impression, although the scenic area is vast, but there are always some tourists who take photos on his side.

“About 12:00 noon, I was taking pictures and found that I have no one around me, and then full of doubts to the entrance of the scenic area, walking a little girl ran away from me, and said to me, why do you still do not run.” Qin Huai told Health Times reporter, I chased after her, asked her why, she did not return to me.

Not knowing why, Qin Huai also quickly went to the parking lot, and found that there was hardly a car in the parking lot, but also quickly drove in the direction out of the city, “At that time, there were very few vehicles along the road,” Qin Huai told the Health Times. About an hour later, he arrived at the border guard station in Ta County, where he had to go to downtown Kashgar, and was told that the road was now closed for the time being.

“I had no choice but to go back to Ta County, and I found out after arriving at the checkpoint in Ta County that I couldn’t enter the checkpoint back to the county,” Qin Huai said helplessly until about 8:45 p.m. All the checkpoints on both sides of the road were open, but since he had to drive six hours on the mountain road to get back to Kashgar, he chose to go back to Ta County to rest.

After returning to Ta Xian, Qin Huai wanted to find a hotel to rest first, “but the hotel owner told me that you won’t be able to get out if you stay in.” Qin Huai saw the closed shops on the street at the time and had no choice but to stay in the hotel.

He checked in at 10 p.m. and was told at 12:15 p.m. to take a nucleic acid test. “I am now waiting for my nucleic acid test results, and after the nucleic acid test results come back, if it is normal, I can leave,” Chin Huai said.

“No sooner had the plane landed than the news came out about Kashgar control. After a brief stopover at the airport, I was taken back to the hotel by a friend. There was very little traffic on the roads in Kashgar, and most of the shops along the streets were closed. Everything is unknown …… was urgently summoned in the early hours of the morning for nucleic acid testing, in groups of ten.” A tourist Yun Yan (pseudonym) recalled last night’s experience also told the Health Times.

Yun Yan said, “‘Not to Kashgar is not to Xinjiang’, I am very eager for the ancient city of Kashgar, which has a history of more than 2100 years. This time in Kashgar I want to take more pictures of the beauty of the ancient city, which is also my wish for many years.”

“No one can say for sure about the epidemic, but peace comes first, and I hope everyone is safe,” Aila told reporters.

“Don’t miss the fall of the poplar.” This is Qin Huai’s latest circle of friends, with a picture of four beautiful autumn poplars, and he added that in a month’s time, if the epidemic has stabilized, I will return to this beautiful place to see it.