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Xinjiang fire in apartment during lockdown kills 10, injures 9

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Nov 25 (News) — A fire broke out Thursday night at an apartment complex in Xinjiang, China, where many residents had been quarantined, killing 10 people and injuring nine others.

Chinese officials said the fire broke out on the 15th floor of the complex in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, and was traced to a faulty power strip in a bedroom. The fire covered two floors of the complex.

The fire and death sparked questions on the Chinese social media site about the impact of lockdowns and their impact on rescue efforts.

Many of the 25 million people in the Xinjiang region have been in some form of quarantine and lockdown for more than three months to halt the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In Urumqi, residents have faced a lockdown since August 10, one of China’s longest and toughest COVID-19 housing restrictions. Last week, the city updated its controls, which allowed residents in counties that have not reported cases for five days in a row to leave their homes in an “orderly and controlled” manner.

China’s State Council had announced a series of adjustments to COVID-19, including easing lockdowns. Since then, the daily number of infections in China has risen to record highs.

The country’s National Health Commission reported more than 32,695 local infections as of Friday morning, including 29,654 without symptoms.

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