China province declares Covid emergency


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SUIHUA: A Chinese province of more than 37 million declared an “emergency state” on Wednesday to snuff out a handful of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, as the country moved decisively to contain infections. China had largely brought the coronavirus under control since its emergence in Wuhan late in 2019. But recent weeks have seen smatterings of cases, prompting localized lockdowns, immediate travel restrictions and widespread testing of tens of millions of people. More than 20 million are now under some form of lockdown in the country’s northern regions. On Wednesday, the government of northeastern Heilongjiang — with a population...