Health · June 23, 2022

Beijing and Shanghai re-imposed some bans

People wait for nucleic acid tests to detect COVID-19 at a testing site in Beijing, China, June 9, 2022. China says it has generally controlled recent outbreaks in Beijing after hundreds of people tested positive for the virus in recent weeks.

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BEIJING – China’s two largest cities are again tightening some Covid measures just days after they were eased when the virus appeared to be under control.

Shanghai, which emerged from a two-month lockdown earlier this month, said Thursday seven of its 16 districts would conduct mass testing this weekend, according to state media. These areas included financial and downtown districts.

During the testing period, residents of affected areas will be required to stay at home until testing is complete, the city said in the comments section of an official press release.

It was not clear to what extent other business restrictions would be applied during testing. The implementation of the Covid restrictions may also vary depending on the residential area. Factories can generally remain operational if their workers live locally or otherwise work in a bubble.

Minhang, one of the seven counties near the outskirts of Shanghai, on Thursday urged residents to stay home during Saturday’s virus tests.

As of Thursday, at least three counties in Beijing have ordered bars and some other entertainment venues to close until further notice. After the city reported one new confirmed Covid case for Wednesday, a handful of subsequent cases have been linked to bars and nightclubs.

Beijing on Monday allowed restaurants to resume serving customers in stores after only allowing takeout or delivery for about a month. The latest outbreak in the capital began in late April.

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Mainland China reported 30 new confirmed Covid cases for Thursday, including 15 in Inner Mongolia, where a small town went into lockdown last week after some new Covid cases.

Universal Beijing Resort announced earlier this week that it plans to reopen on June 15 after being temporarily closed in early May.

Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown have been closed since the end of March. Some retail and park areas at Shanghai Disney Resort reopened on Friday.

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