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COVID 19: CHINA SUSPENDS MORE AIRLINES AS WINTER APPROACHES

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By Sumayyah Olapade

China halted dozens of international flights due to an increase in Omicron cases around the world, while Shanghai slowed tourist activity in an effort to prevent local COVID-19 infections as imported cases increased.

Cities around China are growing increasingly cautious about COVID-19 ahead of the Lunar New Year travel season later this month and as Beijing prepares to host the Winter Olympics starting Feb. 4, with several local administrations advising locals not to leave town unnecessarily.

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After reporting five new domestically transmitted diseases on Thursday, Shanghai’s tourism and culture authority said travel agencies and internet tourist organizations must once again suspend organizing group trips into and out of the city.

The directive came less than a month after Shanghai removed a suspension that had been in effect since November, in accordance with a national guideline to reduce tourist activities in areas where new infections had appeared.

Despite the fact that China has drastically reduced international arrivals during the epidemic, the number of infected travelers arriving in Shanghai, a key financial center, in the first ten days of January surpassed the total for the entire month of December.

China has recorded local transmissions of the extremely contagious Omicron form in Tianjin and three other locations in northern China, but it has not stated how many Omicron cases it has found in total.

Authorities have warned, however, that as more individuals return to China for the Lunar New Year holiday, Omicron increases the danger of COVID-19 transmission.

China reported on Friday that 30 inbound international flights from a number of nations, including four more from the United States, have been canceled due to COVID-19 incidents. China has reported the cancellation of 74 flights from the United States so far this year. find out more

Athletes and other Olympic personnel are arriving on special charter flights and immediately entering a carefully enforced “closed loop” that isolates them from the general public.

Shanghai, unlike some other Chinese cities, has mostly avoided broad curbs that could disrupt daily routines in favor of a more surgical approach. It only elevated the “viral risk” level for a small bubble tea establishment where three of the five affected people in the area worked this week.

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