Covid-19: China to increase restrictions following rise in cases

China has recorded a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the last few days. This increase in infections is the highest jump since August.

China has recorded a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the last few days. This sudden increase in Covid-19 infections is the highest recorded jump since August.

According to the sources, this upwards trend has come about following the National Day “Golden Week”, celebrations hosted by the nation earlier in October.

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As a result of the three times rise in the number of reported cases, health authorities across the nation have stepped up preventive measures. Several big cities in China, including Shanghai and Shenzhen, have increased the number of mandatory tests.

Further, local authorities are closing schools, entertainment venues and tourist spots to contain the spread of infections.

As of Monday, October 10, 2022, China has recorded 2,089 new local infections. This figure is the highest since August 20.

Shanghai, a city nurturing over 25 million people, reported 28 new local cases on Monday, October 10.

For the fourth day in a row, Shanghai has recorded new cases in double digits.

Following this, the authorities in Shanghai have announced that all 16 districts under the state’s jurisdiction will conduct mass testing at least twice a week until November 10.

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The authorities of Shanghai have mandated these actions, trying to avoid a repeat of the economically and psychically scarring lockdown in April-May.

Although the authorities found most of the cases in Tourist destinations, including the scenic spots in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, some megacities, which are often full of well-travelled tourists, have also started to report more cases than before in the last week.

According to the authorities, health and wellness officials should also thoroughly check inbound travellers and places such as hotels.

According to Nomura, 36 Chinese cities were under various degrees of lockdown or control, affecting around 196.9 million people. This statistic relates to Monday, October 10.

Further, as per the sources, China’s southern tech hub Shenzhen has discovered the surfacing of the highly transmissible BF.7 Omicron subvariant. As a result, local cases tripled to 33 on October 10.

Inbound travellers will have to go through three tests over three days, authorities of Shenzhen said on Tuesday.

Further, the local authorities of Xian halted offline classes at schools and closed many public spaces, including the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. The city of Xian has reported more than 100 cases in the first ten days of October

 

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