SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – China is battling new outbreaks of COVID-19 with mass testing and new restrictions, including in Shanghai, where new cases have emerged linked to a building that hosts illegal karaoke.
“Several regions in China are facing local epidemics and there have been infections at the community level in Shanghai, which we must attach great importance to,” city health official Zhao Dandan told reporters on Wednesday.
Chinese indices, the Shanghai SSE Composite and the CSI 300, and global markets are worried that the rising number of COVID-19 cases in China could prompt another round of restrictions.
Shanghai, which reported 24 new cases on Tuesday, up from eight the previous day, is testing all residents in nine of its 16 districts, as well as parts of three other districts, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Beijing, which reported six cases on Tuesday, has urged transport and hotels to check visitors’ temperatures and evidence of negative COVID-19 test results.
Xi’an, northwest of Shaanxi province, the first major Chinese city to report cases of the Omicron BA.5.2 subvariant, closed various entertainment venues and restaurants for seven days from Wednesday, with 11 new cases reported on Tuesday.
Shaanxi Governor Zhao Yide said the province’s cities should go into “martial law”.
The Chinese Athletics Federation also canceled the 2022 Olympics. in November the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships, which were to be held in Yangzhou.
(Reporting by Roxanne Liu, Ryan Woo, Ella Cao, Brenda Goh, Winni Zhou and Bureau de Shangha; Writing by Roxanne Liu and Marius Zaharia; French version by Charlotte Lavin; Narration by Kate Entringer)
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