China’s latest spike in Covid cases linked to tourists and travel restrictions

The western province of Gansu is one of the hardest hit by China’s summer Covid outbreak. Pictured is a Red Cross volunteer spraying disinfectant in Dingxi, Gansu Province.

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BEIJING – The daily number of Covid cases in China has reached hundreds as the summer holidays continue.

Many of the cases have occurred in central China rather than in economic centers such as Beijing and Shanghai. The number of infections in the manufacturing center of Guangdong has risen without serious restrictions on business.

However, the sudden closure of business in a tourist area in the southwestern region of Guangxi left much to be desired. over 2000 visitors stuck as of Sunday, state media reported. The message says that local authorities will help the tourists to leave.

On Monday, the city of Chengdu in southwestern Sichuan province ordered bars, gyms and indoor entertainment centers to temporarily close for a week. While the city, known for its spicy cuisine, did not ban people from dining in restaurants, authorities said. they encouraged people to order delivery or takeaway instead.

Mainland China reported 108 new Covid cases with symptoms and 827 without symptoms on Tuesday. The western provinces of Gansu and Guangxi accounted for the majority, but at least a few cases were reported in 12 other provincial-level regions.

The surge to hundreds of cases a day has occurred in just the last week and a half. No new deaths from Covid have been reported on the mainland during this time.

From the end of June, the central government began to relax quarantine measures. The capital Beijing has eased restrictions on entry into the city from other parts of China.

But domestic visitors to the capital or other parts of China may still have to undergo a week-long quarantine upon arrival, depending on the presence of Covid in their travel history.

During the first half of the year, domestic tourist travel fell 22.2% year-over-year to 1.46 billion, according to the Ministry of Tourism. A quarterly breakdown is not available, although the report says the second quarter was hit hard by Covid.

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