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Chinese cities face new tough COVID restrictions as cases rise

The Chinese government is cracking down on cities that have seen spikes in coronavirus cases as the country seeks to implement its sweeping “zero-COVID” policy.

Cities in eastern China faced fresh restrictions including closed supermarkets, no in-person dining and canceled flights, threatening the country’s economic recovery.

The tightened measures came after Shanghai – where a more than two-month lockdown sparked unrest – decided to ease restrictions by allowing in-person dining and reopening the Disney Resort theme park.

Wuxi, a manufacturing city near Shanghai in eastern China, halted operations at many public places – including shops and supermarkets – and halted food service after 42 new asymptomatic cases were reported on Saturday. Residents have also been advised to work from home and not travel outside the city unless absolutely necessary.

Si, a county of 760,000 people in Anhui province, has been locked down and public transport suspended as 288 new cases were reported on Saturday.

A worker undergoes a COVID-19 test in Shanghai, China, July 2, 2022.
The Chinese government is cracking down on cities that have seen clusters of coronavirus cases.
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And in Yiwu, China’s export capital for small goods, flights to the capital Beijing have been canceled indefinitely. The city had recorded three new COVID cases in the past week.

Mainland China struggled with 473 new cases, including 104 symptomatic cases, the country’s National Health Commission said on Sunday. As of Saturday, 268 new cases were reported, with 72 of the patients showing symptoms.

Shanghai, China’s biggest financial hub, reported a positive case outside the quarantine zones from midnight to 5 p.m. Sunday, officials said. On Saturday, Shanghai reported two local symptomatic cases and Beijing said it had none. The city eased restrictions last week after a two-month lockdown that hurt manufacturing and consumer spending.

People wearing face masks queue for COVID-19 testing at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing on Saturday, July 2, 2022.
China has touted its no-compromise “zero-COVID” policy to stem the rise in cases and deaths despite the high cost to its economy.
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A worker at a sample collection station for coronavirus tests hands over a sample tube for a resident in Beijing, Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
President Xi Jinping said the measures “highly protected people’s lives and health.”
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China has touted its no-compromise “zero-COVID” policy to stem the rise in cases and deaths despite the high cost to its economy.

President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday the measures had “highly protected people’s lives and health.”

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