According to Reuters, due to increased COVID infections, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities have boosted COVID tests.

After the National Day “Golden Week” earlier this month, the country saw an upsurge in COVID cases to the highest since August.

Authorities registered 2,089 new local infections on October 10.

Since October 1, Inner Mongolia has reported thousands of cases brought on by the BF.7. The region also became China’s latest COVID epicenter. 

As COVID cases surged, Xinjiang’s western region ordered its residents to stay home.

Shanghai, China’s 25 million-person financial hub, reported 28 local cases on October 10—the fourth consecutive day of double-digit growth.

China’s financial hub also announced late Monday, October 10, that all 16 districts in its city would undergo routine COVID testing at least twice a week until November 10.

Authorities said they were also strengthened to check on inbound travelers and in places such as hotels. 

As of October 10, around 196.9 million people in 36 Chinese cities were affected by various lockdowns or control measures.

The Omicron subvariant BF.7 was recently detected in China’s southern tech hub Shenzhen. On October 10, the city reported 33 local cases.

The city’s 18 million residents officials stated on the same day that three tests would be conducted on inbound travelers over three days.

The COVID restrictions were imposed just days before the Communist Party 20th National Congress started on October 16.

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