Some residents in the Chinese city of Xi’an, where a lockdown has been imposed to contain Covid-19, has faced food scarcity, the BBC reported.

The residents said that they do not have enough food, even as officials insist there are adequate supplies.

On December 23, more than 13 million people in the city in Shaanxi province were ordered to stay home last week as authorities sought to battle the Covid-19 outbreak.

People have not been allowed to leave except under limited circumstances, and cannot go out to buy food.

Many have said on social media that they are running out of supplies, despite city authorities delivering free groceries.

The lockdown entering its ninth day on Friday as authorities battle the worst outbreak China has seen in months, the BBC report said.

China’s adoption of a strict zero-Covid strategy saw the city closing bus stations, cancelling outward-bound flights, and conducting millions of tests in Shaanxi province.

The restrictions initially allowed only one person per household to leave home once every two days to buy supplies.

However, the measures were intensified on Monday and residents were barred from leaving their homes except to get tested for Covid, the report said.

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