China: Qingdao cancels more than half of flights due to COVID surge

Qingdao has cut more than half of its flights after a dozen confirmed coronavirus cases raised the fear of a new outbreak in the country. Passengers checks could be seen in a relatively empty Qingdao Liuting International Airport on Wednesday. Of the 123 flights scheduled to arrive in Qingdao from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, 64 were cancelled according to the airport authorities. Since September 27th, nearly 20 Chinese provinces issued emergency control measures to conduct a thorough screening and testing of travellers arriving from Qingdao. The local Qingdao government urged residents not to leave the area. Authorities in Beijing, Hebei, and other provinces advised against visiting the popular tourist city resulting in many cancellations. Qingdao started mass testing all of its 9.4 million residents after the discovery of a dozen new infections. As of Wednesday, China has recorded 90,858 confirmed cases and 4,739 deaths from the coronavirus, according to data from John Hopkins University.

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