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Parts of China's Hainan province extend COVID lockdown, Tibet's Lhasa tightens restrictions

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SHANGHAI — Several cities in China's tourist hub Hainan extended their lockdowns on Friday, with some measures expected to last through the weekend, while Lhasa, Tibet, also tightened restrictions. Latest restrictions have been put in place to contain COVID clusters in the country.

Under a “dynamic COVID-zero” policy aimed at quickly halting the spread of each outbreak, local governments may wait days or even days until clusters are contained in smaller areas. It imposes a shorter lockdown during the week in which people are prohibited from non-essential travel.

Such a lockdown was not as painful as the two-month battle with the virus he fought in Shanghai in the spring, but the spread of his Omicron across China As the population expands, more cities may be subject to such measures. It can cause disruption to local businesses.

In currently China's worst-hit southern province of Hainan, his two cities of Dongfang and Chengmai, with a total population of about 900,000, added days to lockdowns for residents on Friday. announced to add Extending the previously scheduled 3-4 days to about a week.

Hainan's provincial capital Haikou on Friday put its population of 2.9 on lockdown from 07:00 to 18:00 local time, with similar restrictions covering key hours on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. gone.

Millions of people in other Hainan cities, including Sanya, have been put under lockdown without a definite date when restrictions will be lifted.

Western Tibet Lhasa, the region's largest city, told residents to stay home from Friday to Monday, except for special and urgent matters, as COVID workers carried out disinfection operations in major urban areas.

Outside of Hainan and Tibet, small cities whose new blockades ordered residents to stay home unnecessarily include Fengcheng in southeastern Jiangxi and Kuqa in western Xinjiang.

Mainland China reported 1,851 new coronavirus infections in the country on August 11, of whom 648 had symptoms and 1,203 were asymptomatic, according to the National Health Service. the health board said Friday.

These new cases were reported in more than a dozen provinces, regions and municipalities, mostly in Hainan.

There were no new deaths and the country's death toll remained at her 5,226.

On August 11, the Shanghai financial hub reported seven new local cases, and the southern technology hub of Shenzhen reported one new local case.

No new domestic cases have been reported in Beijing, the capital of China.

(Reported by Shanghai newsroom; Written by Bernard Orr; Edited by Christian Schmollinger and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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