China battles karaoke COVID cluster in Shanghai, with Beijing to order new round of mass testing

China is fighting new COVID-19 flare-ups across the country with mass testing and new restrictions, including in tired Shanghai, where new cases have been linked to a karaoke lounge that was operating illegally.

The country’s most populous city has only just come out of a strict lockdown that has tied most of its 24 million residents to their homes for weeks, and the new outbreaks have raised concerns about a return of such harsh measures.

According to health officials, the karaoke parlor failed to enforce prevention measures on employees and customers, including tracking down others they came into contact with.

In response, all such outlets have been ordered to temporarily suspend their operations, the city’s ministry of culture and tourism said.

Shanghai’s earlier lockdown sparked unusual protests, both in person and online, against the government’s tough enforcement, which has left many residents struggling to access food and medical services and sending thousands to quarantine centers.

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Nightlife closed for a week

Beijing has also seen a recent outbreak related to a nightlife spot.

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