China: hundreds of flights canceled after a few cases of COVID in Shanghai

China: hundreds of flights canceled after a few cases of COVID in Shanghai

MISE & Agrave; DAY

Shanghai | China on Friday canceled hundreds of air flights, closed schools and suspended tourist activities after the discovery in Shanghai of cases of COVID-19, which put pressure on the host country of the Winter Olympics. & nbsp ;

A few months before the Olympic Games which will begin in Beijing on February 4, the country wants to limit at all costs the risks of contamination and practices a health policy that aims for “zero infection”.

It results in a drastic limitation of entries into its territory, mandatory quarantines, confinements and massive screening as soon as a few cases appear. & Nbsp;

Travel is also strictly monitored via applications. mobile, which makes it possible to quickly identify contact cases.

Three friends, who had traveled together around Shanghai last week, tested positive for COVID-19, local authorities said Thursday. All were already vaccinated.

To prevent any transmission of the virus to other regions, more than 500 flights were canceled Friday from the two airports in the Chinese economic capital, according to the specialist site VariFlight.

The Shanghai Municipality has also suspended all tourist group travel to the nearby city of Suzhou, where the three infected people had visited. & nbsp;

Suzhou, which has a population of some 13 million, is famous for its canals and imperial gardens. & Nbsp;

The city has closed its tourist sites and now requires a negative test for those wishing to visit in another locality.

In the greater Shanghai area, a university campus has been quarantined in Hangzhou (east) after the identification of a contact case among staff, the official press reported . & nbsp;

China on Friday reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on its territory the day before.

Despite this record incommensurate with the rest of the world, authorities have been on the alert since last month to curb an outbreak limited in number but which has spread to many provinces.

The Beijing Winter Olympics will take place in a “bubble” which will separate athletes from the rest of the population.

The 3000 or so athletes expected will either have to be vaccinated or undergo about 40 e three weeks upon arrival. They will then have to undergo daily screening.

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