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China shuts tourist spots in Shanghai amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Chinese authorities on Tuesday temporarily closed tourist spots in Shanghai, including Shanghai Disney Resort, following the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Shanghai Disney Resort announced the closure in line with pandemic prevention and control measures only four days after it resumed operations on Nov. 25, state-run media outlet Global Times reported.

Shanghai, located on the country’s central coast, is China's biggest city and financial hub.

On the weekend, huge protests were held in the city against the strict coronavirus pandemic policy and police used pepper spray to block hundreds of demonstrators who had gathered at Middle Urumqi Road at midnight.

The protesters carried flowers, candles, and signs reading “Urumqi, Nov. 24, those who died rest in peace” to remember those killed in Xinjiang’s capital city Urumqi.

At least 10 people were killed and nine others injured when a fire broke out in a residential building in Urumqi that was reportedly under a coronavirus lockdown, Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday.

Many claimed that restrictions caused by tough coronavirus measures made the fire worse and took emergency personnel three hours to extinguish the blaze.

Authorities rejected the claims, saying there were no barricades in the building and that residents were allowed to go out.

Earlier on Saturday, authorities in Xinjiang removed restrictions in some districts in Urumqi after local people organized sudden late-night protests against the city’s “zero-COVID-19” lockdown policy that had remained in force for over three months.


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