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Holiday Covid Flareups Spark Travel Chaos Before China Congress

  • Covid controls spark travel chaos during week-long holiday
  • President Xi Jinping made Covid Zero a cornerstone of his term
Travelers at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station ahead of the Golden Week holiday in Shanghai, on Sept. 30.
Travelers at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station ahead of the Golden Week holiday in Shanghai, on Sept. 30.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s Covid-19 cases climbed to the highest in more than two weeks as outbreaks during a week-long holiday dash hopes of keeping a tight lid on the virus ahead of the politically significant Party Congress.

Nationwide, there were 909 infections for Tuesday, with 273 reported in Inner Mongolia. Residents in parts of the provincial capital Hohhot, as well as other cities, were ordered to stay at home or within their residential compounds. Manzhouli city and Linxi county were locked down after each detecting one infection.