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Shanghai cuts tourism trips due to COVID-19

Friday, January 14, 2022

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China’s financial hub Shanghai cut some tourist trips as it rushed to head off local COVID-19 cases amid a rise in imported infections, while a few cities in central China are adding quarantine rooms to cope with new transmissions.

Shanghai’s tourism and culture authority said travel agencies and online tourism companies must once again halt organising group tours between Shanghai and other provinces, regions or municipalities, after the city reported five new domestically transmitted infections on Thursday, all linked to a previous arrival from overseas.

The order, in line with a national guideline to cut tourist activities in provincial divisions where new infections have emerged, came less than a month after Shanghai lifted a previous suspension that had come into effect in November.

The risk of the virus entering from overseas has increased in Shanghai, with new imported cases during the first 10 days of this month already exceeding December’s total. It is unclear how many were caused by the Omicron variant.

When international travellers complete a 14-day quarantine and enter local communities for an extra week of “health monitoring”, they should avoid unnecessary trips from home, and must not take public transport, visit crowded indoor places such as restaurants and supermarkets, or even take a walk in their own residential compounds, a local official said during a news conference late on Thursday.

The cities across China, including Shanghai and Beijing, are becoming more vigilant for COVID-19 ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday travel season later this month, advising residents not to leave town unnecessarily during the holiday.

The southern city of Zhuhai suspended all flights to the capital Beijing from Friday, after one individual tested positive for the virus, state television said.

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