Zhengzhou, China to tighten COVID-19 rules

BEIJING: Eight districts in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou will conduct mass COVID-19 testing for five consecutive days starting Nov 25, state broadcaster CCTV said on Wednesday (Nov 23).

CCTV reported that residents living in “high-risk” compounds were asked to stay indoors, while those living in other areas were not allowed to go out unless absolutely necessary.

People are not allowed to enter places such as restaurants, shopping malls and indoor gyms for five days after arriving in Zhengzhou, and must undergo three PCR tests during those days, local media reported, citing a media briefing.

According to local media, they can board public transport after completing the first COVID-19 test upon arrival.

CCTV said the central city reported 996 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 20:00 on Wednesday.

Separately, the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang is tightening regulations to combat the latest outbreak of COVID-19, CCTV reported.

The city will conduct regional PCR tests in nine districts from November 24 to 28, severely restrict non-essential movement of people and suspend lunch services in those areas.