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Shanghai stops some tourist trips to COVID-19 cases after short resumption

Shanghai stops some tourist trips to COVID-19 cases after short resumption

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Shanghai’s eastern China financial center suspended some tourism activities on Friday as part of its efforts to prevent a handful of sporadic new local broadcasts, while also facing an increase in COVID-19 infections from abroad.

Shanghai’s Tourism and Culture Authority said travel agents and online tourism companies should once again stop organizing group travel between Shanghai and other provinces, regions or municipalities after the city reported five new domestically transmitted infections on Thursday, all linked to an earlier arrival. from abroad.

The order, in line with a national guideline to cut tourism activities in provincial divisions where new infections have emerged, came less than a month after Shanghai lifted a previous suspension that went into effect in November, according to statements from the local government and a report from a newspaper managed by the Chinese tourism authority.

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The risk of the virus entering from abroad has increased in Shanghai, with new imported cases already higher than December’s total during the first 10 days of this month, according to Reuters calculations. It is unclear how many have been caused by the Omicron variant.

When international travelers go through a 14-day quarantine and enter local communities for an extra week of “health monitoring”, they should avoid unnecessary trips from home, take public transport, visit crowded covered places such as restaurants and supermarkets, or even take a walk in their own housing complexes, a local official said at a news conference late Thursday.

There were further signs that Shanghai, one of China’s most populous cities, was stepping up its COVID-19-related vigilance ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday peak later this month.

Those arriving in Shanghai from other parts of China with a low virus risk should reduce gatherings in the first week of arrival, and residents are advised not to leave the city unnecessarily during the Lunar New Year holiday, a local disease control expert said during the same Press conference.

China reported a total of 143 local confirmed cases and four domestically transmitted asymptomatic carriers for Jan. 13.

There were no new deaths, bringing the death toll to 4,636.

As of January 13, mainland China had 104,580 confirmed symptomatic cases, both local and those coming from abroad.

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Reporting by Roxanne Liu, Ella Cao and David Stanway; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Kim Coghill

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