Food and medical shortages in locked-down region urge China to apologize

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Authorities in China’s controversial Xinjiang region have apologized for food and medicine shortages in areas that have been shut down for a month to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.

Reports of shortages and difficult conditions in Yili, a part of northern Xinjiang bordering Kazakhstan, have been circulating on Chinese social media for days, with some alleging that posts about the situation were censored. Officials admitted on Friday there had been problems, with Liu Qinghua, deputy governor of the affected area, saying the lockdown had prevented some from accessing hospital treatment and there had been problems with food distribution.