China closes some businesses and transit services amid new COVID cases

  • A neighborhood in Wuhan, China’s capital, temporarily closed several businesses and public transport on Wednesday as the city that saw the first cases of the outbreak increased its level of surveillance.
  • In order to prevent the spread of nascent clusters, China, which is heavily involved in its “COVID Zero Momentum” strategy, is using mass testing, rapid restrictions on economic activity and people’s movement, and strict quarantine. cases.
  • Jiangxia, a district of Wuhan with more than 900,000 people, announced that its major urban areas were to enter a three-day restriction from Wednesday.

A neighborhood in Wuhan, China’s capital, temporarily closed several businesses and public transport on Wednesday as the city that saw the first cases of the outbreak increased its level of surveillance.

In order to prevent the spread of nascent clusters, China, which is heavily involved in its “COVID Zero Momentum” strategy, is using mass testing, rapid restrictions on economic activity and people’s movement, and strict quarantine. cases.

The plan has helped Wuhan and other parts of the country contain the number of cases, but severe lockdowns during large outbreaks and worry of potential recurring curbs whenever new cases are reported have hurt the economy. , business confidence and people’s willingness to travel.

Jiangxia, a district of Wuhan with more than 900,000 people, announced that its major urban areas were to enter a three-day restriction from Wednesday. During this period, many large group gatherings and restaurant meals will be banned, along with a number of public entertainment venues, farm produce markets and small clinics. In addition, bus and metro services will be suspended.

Additionally, he urged residents to stay put for the three days and urged visitors to stay away.

The order was quickly issued after Jiangxia officials announced on Tuesday evening that they had discovered two cases during routine testing and discovered two others during screening of people in close contact with those infected.

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Melvin Z. Madore