China Struggles to Curb COVID-19, as Cities Reimpose Restrictions

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  • China's two largest cities, Shanghai and Beijing, are tightening their COVID restrictions just a few days after loosening them as the virus appeared to have been curbed
  • Shanghai had emerged from a two-month lockdown early this month and announced Thursday that it will re-impose certain restrictions in seven of its 16 districts.
  • In those districts, mass testing would be carried out this weekend, and residents in the affected areas will be required to stay home until the testing is over, according to health officials
  • Likewise, since Thursday, at least three districts in Beijing have ordered bars and some entertainment venues to close until further notice after the city reported a series of COVID-19 cases tied to bars and nightclubs
  • Mainland China reported 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 15 in Inner Mongolia, where a small city was under lockdown last week following a cluster of cases