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China Warns Against Holiday Travel


Officials have been testing hundreds of thousands of people in Beijing and millions in the port city of Dalian, after the country recorded 42 locally transmitted coronavirus cases in the past week. 
The outbreak interrupted months of near-zero case numbers. Residents of Dalian have been advised not to leave the northern port city.
The resurgence comes ahead of the Lunar New Year, during which hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel to their hometowns. 
The authorities are already looking forward with caution: This year’s travel helped spread the virus.
The government is discouraging Beijing residents from traveling and gathering. 
Travel companies have been told not to organize any group tours to Beijing during the holiday, which next year falls on Feb. 12.
Other parts of the country are taking precautions as well. Anhui Province, home to many of China’s migrant workers, intends to test and monitor all those who return for the holiday.
 Experts say a plan to vaccinate 50 million people (although with unproven vaccines) and efforts to ramp up testing are reasons not to worry about the travel period.

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