Covid-19 has now spread into around half of China’s provinces, causing authorities to impose new movement restrictions nationwide as the country returns to the mass testing and lockdowns imposed when the virus first erupted in early 2020.
Public transport has been restricted in 144 of the worst-hit areas, including in Beijing where at least three new cases were reported. Meanwhile, Beijing has suspended issuing travel documents to residents to travel abroad, fearing they may bring the virus back with them upon their return.
Beijing’s latest de facto international travel ban contrasts with the mandatory quarantine order being reinstated across Hong Kong and Macau on arrivals from mainland China, as both territories are shoring up defenses to fend off any inflow of new cases. Macau is already testing all its residents after a student contracted the virus on the mainland and infected her parents after she returned.
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