Fresh COVID-19 outbreak in parts of China - Several flights cancelled, schools closed

China is facing a fresh COVID-19 outbreak which has led the government to implement strict measures including the cancellation of hundreds of flights and closure of schools and other institutions. The country has ramped up its mass testing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Unlike other countries where curbs are been lifted, China is imposing fresh COVID-19 induced lockdowns and closing down its borders with neighboring countries. This comes after seven elderly people in cross-provincial touring tested COVID-19 positive among a group of tourists.

Reports suggest that this group of tourists visited Shanghai before flying to Xi'an, Gansu province and Mongolia. Subsequently, dozens of cases are apprehended and linked to their visit in at least five provinces, including Beijing. China logged a fifth straight day of new cases, mostly in northern and northwestern areas.

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