China cancels flights as rising COVID cases cause worry

TRAVEL NEWS, CHINA Created : Oct 21, 2021, 18:12 IST

China cancels flights as rising COVID cases cause worry



China is facing yet another outbreak of the coronavirus, and is taking major steps to curb its spread any further. China has logged new cases for five consecutive days, most of which has been reported from the northern and northwestern areas of the country.

Authorities in China have already begun to take steps, and restrictions have been imposed once again. China has cancelled hundreds of flights, and have started mass testing. Moreover, schools have also been shut for now. Beijing has continued to impose strict border closures, and targeted lockdowns, while trying to ease the restrictions in a systematic manner.

China's latest outbreak is being linked to tourist group, and an elderly couple within that group. The couple travelled to Shanghai, and then went flying to Xi'an, Gansu province, and inner Mongolia. The country has reported numerous cases linked to the elderly couple. They had close contact with people in Beijing, along with four other provinces and regions.

Local authorities have also closed all tourist sites, scenic destinations, entertainment venues in places that have been affected by the latest outbreak. Housing compounds are under targeted lockdowns too. The city of Lanzhou, much like some other cities have asked its residents not to leave unless it is absolutely necessary. Jiayunguan, a city in the northwestern province of Gansu has even launched a second round of mass testing after the first round found zero positives cases.

It is a cause of worry for Beijing as Beijing prepares for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, to be held in February, 2022.

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