Beijing, Shanghai witnesses rise in COVID-19 cases

Beijing, Shanghai witnesses rise in COVID-19 cases

BEIJING: Beijing on Tuesday (Nov 22) shut parks and museums, Shanghai also tightened rules for people entering the city as Chinese authorities grapple with a spike in COVID-19 according to the reports from the news agency Reuters.

China on Monday (Nov 21) reported 28,127 new domestically transmitted cases, nearing its daily peak from April, with infections in the southern city of Guangzhou and the southwestern municipality of Chongqing accounting for about half the total.

The covid-19 cases in Beijing hitting new highs every day, prompting calls from the city government for more residents to stay put and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, not more than 48 hours old, to get into public buildings.

Late on Tuesday Shanghai announced that from Thursday people may not enter venues such as shopping malls and restaurants within five days of arriving in the city, although they can still go to offices and use transport. Earlier, the city of 25 million people ordered the closure of cultural and entertainment venues in seven of its 16 districts after reporting 48 new local infections.