China is on high alert against COVID-19 as the New Year’s holiday begins with the city of Xian in lockdown, while many New Year’s Eve events have been canceled in other cities and some provinces. has urged restraint in travel during the festive season.
China reported 166 locally transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms for Thursday, according to the National Health Commission, with 161 from Xian, fighting the worst outbreak for a Chinese city this year.
The number of domestically transmitted infections in Xian has exceeded 1,200 during the period December 9-30. While case loads pale in comparison to many outbreaks abroad, China has insisted on quickly eliminating infections, especially ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February.
“With the advent of the New Year and the Lunar New Year, there will be an increase in the number of people returning home from abroad and the movement of people within China,” Qinghua, an official of the National Health Commission, said on Wednesday.
“With the emergence of new forms such as omicrons, these scenarios will increase the risk of epidemics spreading,” he said.
The popular Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing has canceled a New Year’s event, while Happy Valley Park in the eastern city of Nanjing has removed a drone show and fireworks from its line-up of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Have given.
In financial center Shanghai, Great World Amusement Park said it would not organize special events such as stage performances, while there would be no countdown in the main districts along the Huangpu River.
The central city of Wuhan, where COVID-19 first emerged in late 2019, will hold no mass gatherings during New Year’s Eve in some public places, including Guangzhou, one of the world’s longest pedestrian shopping streets.
Several Buddhist bell-ringing ceremonies have also been canceled in the eastern cities of Nanjing, Yangzhou and Zhenjiang to celebrate the new year.
The northern province of Hebei, which will host some events for the Winter Olympics, said it urges residents not to travel unnecessarily during the New Year and Lunar New Year periods.
Shanxi province, also in the north, advised residents not to travel to other provinces for tourism, while the northwestern region of Ningxia said people were encouraged not to leave the region unnecessarily.
As of December 30, mainland China had 102,083 confirmed symptomatic cases, including both local and imported, with 4,636 deaths.
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