Shanghai cuts back on tourism, eastern Chinese city restricts transportation due to the resurgence of COVID

SHANGHAI, NOVEMBER 26 (Reuters) – A handful of local COVID-19 cases in eastern China have led Shanghai City to curb tourism activities and a nearby city to cut back on public transport as China insists on zero tolerance for let clusters spread.

Shanghai city discovered three domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases with confirmed symptoms on November 25, official data from the National Health Commission (NHC) showed on Friday. The last local symptomatic infection in Shanghai was reported in August.

The new infections came days after China contained its biggest outbreak caused by the Delta variant, suggesting the growing challenge in efforts to eliminate local clusters.

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National health officials had said earlier this month that China’s goal is not to stay at zero infections, but to ensure that local clusters can be detected and contained as quickly as possible.

Shanghai has suspended travel agencies from organizing tourism involving travel between the city and other provincial-level regions.

The 24.9 million population financial center has sealed off a few residential areas considered to be at higher risk of infection, and two local hospitals have stopped some face-to-face services to comply with COVID controls.

Xuzhou City in eastern Jiangsu Province, about a 9-hour drive from Shanghai, reported a locally transmitted asymptomatic carrier on November 25, which was close to a Shanghai infection. China counts asymptomatic cases separately.

The city of 9.1 million inhabitants has suspended all its three metro lines, cut off some city-wide as well as long-distance bus connections, and closed a few entrances on highways connecting it and the surrounding areas.

It advised residents not to leave the city for unnecessary reasons and those who have to travel must show proof of a negative test result within 48 hours before departure.

Xuzhou demanded suspension of major public activities face-to-face, including concerts, sporting events and exhibitions. It also demanded that all schools stop their offline tuition between Friday and Sunday, asking universities to tighten management on students’ requests to leave campus.

Hangzhou city in eastern Zhejiang province also detected two local asymptomatic infections on November 25, NHC data showed.

Pr. On November 25, mainland China had reported 98,583 confirmed cases of symptoms, including both local and those arriving from abroad. The total death toll remained unchanged at 4,636.

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Reporting by Roxanne liu, Brenda Goh and Stella Qiu; Edited by Himani Sarkar and Michael Perry

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