An omicron outbreak in southern China led officials to switch traffic lights to red in several counties, as local governments strive to limit peoples movements to meet Beijings strategy of eliminating Covid-19 despite the viruss growing infectiousness. 

A sudden Covid-19 resurgence in the southwestern province of Guangxi during the recent Lunar New Year Holiday prompted a snap lockdown on Monday of Baise, a city of 3.6 million bordering Vietnam, after nearly 100 infections were detected. Soon after, local authorities in five sub-districts in the city turned the lights red to reinforce the stay-at-home order, though it granted exceptions for essential travel related to medical care, deliveries and the Covid response.