Horses carry supplies to Xi’an City in China during lockdown

Horses carried supplies to China’s Xi’an City, which has been locked down after an outbreak of Covid-19 in December.

Video captured in Shangluo City in Shaanxi province on January 2 shows the caravan delivering boxes of goods to the virus-stricken northwestern city.

Onlooker Mr Chan said: ‘The caravan was transporting epidemic prevention and control supplies. They came down from the mountain carrying the boxes.’

Xi’an City, with a population of about 13 million, was placed under indefinite lockdown on December 23 following a flare-up of virus infections.

The lockdown is considered the most severe since 2020, when the city of Wuhan, original epicentre of Covid-19, was closed off during the earlier months of the pandemic.

Despite its neighbours in the region learning to live with the virus, China has maintained its stringent zero-Covid approach, enforcing severe lockdowns to purge Covid-19 from the country. The latest flare-up comes as China prepares to host the Winter Olympics on February 2022.