Wuhan in China closes some businesses and transports amid new COVID cases

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BEIJING, July 27 (Reuters) – Wuhan, China’s central metropolis, temporarily closed some businesses and public transport in a district of nearly one million people on Wednesday, as the city where the pandemic emerged for the first time aroused vigilance after several new infections.

China, heavily invested in its ‘COVID zero momentum’ policy, is relying on mass testing, rapid restriction of business activity and people’s movement, and strict quarantine of cases to prevent clusters from widening. nascent.

The strategy has helped Wuhan and other parts of the country control case numbers, but severe lockdowns during major outbreaks and fear of potential repeat curbs whenever new cases are reported have hurt the economy, business confidence and people’s willingness to travel. .

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Wuhan’s Jiangxia district, with more than 900,000 people, said its main urban areas were to enter a three-day restriction from Wednesday, during which it will ban many large group events and meals. in restaurants, will close various public entertainment venues, agricultural produce markets and small clinics and suspend bus and subway services.

He also urged residents not to leave the area for the three days and encouraged travelers to avoid entering.

The order came quickly after Jiangxia authorities said late Tuesday that they had detected two cases during regular testing campaigns and found two more when screening individuals in close contact with the infection.

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Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Ryan Woo; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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