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China Cities Toughen Covid Steps to Avoid Shanghai’s Woes

  • Beijing orders schools to start Labor Day holiday a day early
  • China now near bottom of Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking
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China Faces Bleak Holiday Season Amid Virus Outbreaks
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Cities across China are rolling out swift measures from mass-testing drives to lockdowns for just a mere handful of Covid-19 cases, aiming to keep flareups at bay and avoid the economic and social hardship endured by Shanghai.  

Hangzhou, an e-commerce hub a short train ride from Shanghai, has started a mass testing drive. Schools in capital Beijing will start their Labor Day holiday early, and don’t have a firm return date. And the port city of Qinhuangdao, along with Yiwu -- known for its production of Christmas decorations -- have gone into full or partial lockdowns.