China imposes local lockdowns as COVID-19 cases surge

  • In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a health worker collects swab sample from a resident during a mass COVID-19 test in Putian in southeast China’s Fujian province on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. Putian, a city in southern China that is trying to contain a coronavirus outbreak told the public Sunday not to leave, suspended bus and train service and closed cinemas, bars and other facilities. (Wei Peiquan/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING — China tightened lockdowns and increased orders for mass testing in cities along its east coast Wednesday amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.

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