Shanghai cancels hundreds of flights, shuts schools over three Covid cases

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Hundreds of flights person been cancelled portion immoderate schools were shuttered and circuit groups suspended connected Friday aft 3 Covid cases were reported successful Shanghai, arsenic China continues its strict zero-Covid policy.

Beijing has mostly succeeded successful controlling the dispersed of the coronavirus wrong its borders done question restrictions and drawback lockdowns, but predominant home flare-ups person tested its no-tolerance strategy successful caller months.

The 3 affirmative cases are friends who travelled to the adjacent metropolis of Suzhou unneurotic past week, Shanghai wellness authorities said astatine a property league Thursday evening - adding that each had been afloat vaccinated.

Over 500 flights from Shanghai’s 2 large airports were cancelled connected Friday, information from formation tracker VariFlight showed.

The Shanghai authorities besides instructed that each cross-provincial bundle tours involving the metropolis - a large commercialized and tourism hub - would beryllium cancelled.

Six Shanghai hospitals person besides suspended outpatient services.

The radical of friends progressive allegedly dined with 2 men from Hangzhou successful Zhejiang province, who were classified arsenic adjacent contacts and besides tested affirmative connected Thursday evening, the South China Morning Post reported. Another adjacent contact, who lives successful Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, was notified by the Shanghai authorities and has besides tested positive.

“China has accumulated tons of acquisition successful ‘dynamic zero-Covid’, truthful our strategy won’t change,” said Zhang Wenhong, caput of the Shanghai Covid prevention adept task force, astatine a Thursday briefing.

He warned that this could go a “normalised anti-epidemic concern that we whitethorn brushwood again” successful the future.

Around 100km away, Suzhou - which has a colonisation of immoderate 13 cardinal radical - closed down tourer attractions and required residents to supply antagonistic trial results to permission the city.

Authorities successful Beijing are connected precocious alert for immoderate imaginable outbreaks successful the pb up to February’s Winter Olympics, which volition spot an influx of overseas athletes, media and officials.

All schools were closed successful the tiny outer metropolis of Xuzhou, which besides stopped its 2 cardinal residents from heading retired of the metropolis connected autobus services, aft a adjacent interaction of 1 Shanghai diligent was recovered there.

A assemblage field successful neighbouring Hangzhou was enactment nether lockdown aft a unit subordinate was discovered to beryllium a adjacent interaction of a confirmed case, authorities media reported.

With the enactment determined to big a Covid-free Olympic Games, Beijing’s Olympic Park has already been sealed disconnected arsenic portion of the event’s “closed-loop” bubble, authorities media reported.