Disney closes park in Shanghai as COVID-19 cases surge, Shenzhen reopens

BEIJING — Disney Co. closed its theme park in Shanghai on Monday as Chinese authorities tried to control the city’s biggest coronavirus flare-up in two years, while Shenzhen’s southern business center allowed shops and offices to reopen after a week-long shutdown.

Meanwhile, Changchun and Jilin in the northeast began another round of city-wide virus testing following a surge in infections. Jilin tightened curbs against disease and ordered its 2 million residents to stay at home.

China’s case numbers in its latest wave of infections are low compared to other major countries, but authorities are enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that has suspended access to some major cities.

The government reported 2,027 new cases in the 24 hours to midnight on Sunday, up from 1,737 the previous day. Among them were 1,542 cases in Jilin Province, where Changchun and Jilin are located.

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The government of Shanghai, China’s most populous city of 24 million people, has avoided a citywide shutdown of businesses and public facilities but has urged the public to stay home if possible. Bus service into the city has been suspended and visitors must show a negative virus test.

Disney said Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park would be closed until further notice.

On Monday, Shanghai reported 24 new cases. The city previously suspended access to two residential areas and conducted mass tests in dozens of others.

The government of Shenzhen, a financial and tech hub that borders Hong Kong, announced businesses and government offices would be allowed to reopen on Monday while authorities took steps to try to prevent a resurgence in virus cases.

The city of 17.5 million last week closed all businesses except those delivering groceries and other necessities, as well as bus and subway service, urging the public to stay home after a spike in cases.

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