Having returned to their original town of Huajiahe to celebrate the lunar New Year, it came as complete surprise when Yan Xiaowen was quarantined due to showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Yan Hongwei was with him when he went to the clinic and joined him in quarantine. This meant that Yan Cheng was now on his own and unable to do anything for himself. Local authorities were notified about his situation and the need to provide support. Yan Cheng died on January 28th. A consequence of these developments is that the mayor and party secretary of Huajiahe have been removed from their jobs.