China to shut spas, mahjong salons after COVID-19 cases confirmed

Published on : Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Spas, cinemas and mahjong salons in Harbin were ordered to close on Tuesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in poorly ventilated spaces.

The temporary shutdowns were part of a range of restrictions imposed on the north-eastern city after the Harbin government cited one case of community transmission.

Religious activities were also suspended, tourist attractions were ordered to operate at half capacity, and visits were banned at retirement homes.

The restrictions come as China celebrates the mid-moon festival on Tuesday and is ahead of the National Day golden week holiday which starts from October 1.

It is a time when travelling and social interaction has increased.

China on Tuesday reported 72 new confirmed Coronavirus cases in the mainland on Sept. 20.

The latest cluster of infection was in the south-eastern province of Fujian according to National Health Commission data.

China has brought under control several clusters of infection since late July, driven mainly by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the new coronavirus.

The country achieved success by swift contact tracing and locking down areas deemed high-risk, even when only a handful of cases were detected.

In cities where most infections were found, multiple rounds of testing on local populations were undertaken and travel restrictions imposed.

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