Chinese officials have quarantined 8,000 people in the northeast of the country.

Officials concerned about the resurgence of the virus quarantined 8,000 people and reintroduced blockade measures in northeast China, even as other parts of the country further relax the restrictions.

Residents of Jilin, the second largest city in, have been banned from leaving the city, state media reported, after a group of infections were reported there and in Shulan, another city under his administration. Shenyang, the capital of neighboring Liaoning province, said Saturday that anyone who has traveled there from Jilin city since April 22 would be quarantined in a hospital for three weeks.

Jilin has tracked nearly 700 patient contacts for testing and, while Liaoning province officials have found more than 1,000 contacts and around 6,500 people at high risk of infection.

China reported five new confirmed infections on Saturday, three of them transmitted locally in Jilin province and two from abroad. The country has reported more than 89,000 cases in total and 4,634 deaths.

Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory disease expert and adviser to the Chinese government, said in an interview with CNN on Saturday that although China had a relatively low number of infections, it still faced a major challenge because the majority of the population had not been exposed to it. coronavirus and was still susceptible to infection. It is no better than the foreign countries I create at the moment, he said.

Elsewhere in China, the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that it was no longer necessary to wear masks outdoors. The capital, which has not reported new infections for 30 days, is preparing for the annual session of the National People's Congress, an important meeting that has been postponed for more than two months.

And in southern China, the governments of Hong Kong , Macao and are discussing the creation of a travel bubble that would allow qualified residents to travel through the region without the need to quarantine.