2021년 12월 09일 목요일
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Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new COVID-19 outbreak

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-10-22 03:10

A new COVID-19 outbreak in China has been linked to a group of tourists. (Photo by= AFP)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana]  BEIJING: Authorities in China cancelled hundreds of flights, closed schools and ramped up mass testing on Thursday (Oct 21) to try and stamp out a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a group of tourists. Beijing has maintained a relentless zero-COVID approach with strict border closures and targeted lockdowns, even as other countries tentatively try to ease restrictions, AFP reported.

Domestic outbreaks have largely been eliminated, but as China logged a fifth straight day of new cases, mostly in northern and northwestern areas, authorities beefed up coronavirus controls. The latest outbreak was linked to an elderly couple who were in a group of several tourists. They started in Shanghai before flying to Xi'an, Gansu province and Inner Mongolia. Dozens of cases have since been linked to their travel, with close contacts in at least five provinces and regions, including the capital Beijing.

Some regions including Lanzhou, a city of some 4 million people in northwestern China, have told residents not to leave unless necessary. Airports in the affected regions have canceled hundreds of flights, according to data from aviation tracker VariFlight. Around 60 percent of flights to the two main airports in Xi'an and Lanzhou have been cancelled.



 

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