Just three confirmed Covid cases have plunged a city of almost 1.2 million people into a total lockdown.

All three of the positive test results came from people who had no symptoms, but were deemed enough to enforce everyone in the Chinese city of Yuzhou to stay at home.

Local authorities announced a ban on Monday of all vehicles including public transport until further notice.

Strict no-nonsense measures are understood to have been implemented across China to prevent coronavirus impacting its Winter Olympics set to kick off on February 4.

The 1.2 million in Yuzhou join more than 13 million others in the country currently facing tight lockdown orders.

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Local authorities are under pressure to clamp down on Covid-19 ahead of the Winter Olympics

China has said it wants to be Covid-free before the Olympics begin and local officials face the sack if cases are found in their jurisdiction.

All shops, entertainment and leisure venues have been closed and only businesses that “guarantee the supply of daily life materials” can be open, the Mirror reports.

Officials from the Communist Party in Yuzhou, about 400 miles southwest of the capital Beijing, said in a statement: “So far, the source of the virus is unknown, the number of cases is unclear.

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“The virus control and prevention situation in our city is very severe.

Medical workers in protective suits collect swabs
Several cities in China are currently completely locked down over covid fears

“To curb and quash the epidemic within the shortest amount of time is a high-priority political task facing all officials and people in the city.”

There were no new fatalities in mainland China for Monday, leaving the death toll since the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019 unchanged at 4,636.

Mainland China has had 102,841 total confirmed symptomatic cases as of late Monday since the pandemic began.

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