People wait for nucleic acid tests to detect COVID-19 at a testing site in Beijing, China, June 9, 2022. China says it has controlled recent outbreaks in Beijing after hundreds of people tested positive for the virus in recent weeks.
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BEIJING — China’s two biggest cities are again easing some tough Covid measures just days after loosening up as the virus appeared to be under control.
Shanghai, which emerged from a two-month lockdown earlier this month, said on Thursday that seven of its 16 districts would conduct mass testing later this week, according to state media. Those areas included the financial and downtown districts.
During the testing period, residents of the affected areas will be required to stay home until the testing is over, the city said in the comments section of an official release.
It was not clear to what extent other restrictions on trade would apply during the trial. The implementation of COVID restrictions may also vary by apartment neighborhood. Factories can generally remain operational if their workers live on site or otherwise work in bubbles.
Minhang, one of the seven districts and located on the outskirts of Shanghai, on Thursday asked residents to stay at home during Saturday’s virus tests.
Since Thursday, at least three districts in Beijing have ordered bars and some other entertainment venues to close until further notice. After a new confirmed Covid case was reported in the city on Wednesday, some of the latter cases were linked to bars and nightclubs.
Beijing on Monday allowed restaurants to resume serving customers inside stores, After allowing only takeout or delivery for about a month. The latest outbreak in the capital city began in late April.
Mainland China reported 30 new confirmed Covid cases for Thursday, including 15 in Inner Mongolia, where a small city was closed last week after some new Covid cases.
Universal Beijing Resort said earlier this week plans to reopen on June 15 after temporarily closing in early May.
Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown have been closed since late March. some shanghai Disney Resort retail and park areas reopened on Friday.
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