In mainland China, New cases of COVID-19 have been observed, forcing the government to increase travel restrictions. After the weekend holidays, the COVID cases across China increased rapidly, and three of Shanghai’s downtown districts on Monday ordered entertainment establishments like internet cafes to close temporarily. As of Monday, a study by Nomura estimated that Covid regulations harmed 4.8% of China’s GDP. Up from 4.3% a week prior.
Schools, restaurants, amusement parks and other places were temporarily closed to prevent further spread. On Monday, three of Shanghai’s downtown districts ordered entertainment establishments like internet cafes to close temporarily. The Chinese government suggested people to stay at home and avoid travelling during holidays as the number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1800 during the weekend.
The Chinese administration also suggested staying calm and strictly following covid measures like staying hydrated, avoiding handshaking etc. Although the government has implemented stringent safeguards to prevent similar incidents, the “Zero- Covid” approach has harmed small enterprises. Many people in China hope strict guidelines and procedures to eradicate COVID-19 infections will be relaxed.
Major cities with increased COVID sanctions include Beijing, Shanghai, and Mongolia. Because most cases were recovered there, Mongolia banned theatres and other amusement places and banned travellers from other provinces from entering.
New guidelines were publicised in Beijing. Free virus tests will be conducted on every individual every week. A negative report of 72 hours is required to enter parks, office buildings and other public places.