China/COVID: Other cities advise not to travel during the Moon Festival


BEIJING (Reuters) – New Chinese cities joined the list on Wednesday of those recommending their residents to avoid travel over the coming weekend.

Nanjing and Wuxi, two major cities in eastern China, have advised their residents not to leave during the Moon Festival weekend which runs from September 10 to 12, echoing similar recommendations made by other cities.

China reported a slight increase in new cases on Tuesday to 1,695, which is low by global standards, but the “zero-COVID-19” policy, which aims to eradicate any chain of infection, has led many cities to impose various movement restrictions.

These recommendations aimed at curbing the spread of the virus come just over a month before the Communist Party congress at which President Xi Jinping is expected to win a third term.

In Beijing, the Yizhuang Suburban Economic and Technological Development Zone said Communist Party officials should not leave the city without reason, while its residents were also urged to stay put.

“The whole area (…) should strictly and assiduously implement the various tasks of COVID prevention and control, so as to create a safe and stable social environment for the party congress,” said one. statement from the authorities.

Beijing reported 14 infections for the day on Tuesday, the highest number in a single day in the capital since mid-June.

(Report Roxanne Liu and Ryan Woo; French version Alizée Degorce)


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