The most populous city in China, Shanghaiexpanded the requirement to take a weekly test of COVID-19 and extended free testing through the end of September in a bid to keep the virus under control, authorities announced Saturday.
Citizens who do not have a record of taking a nucleic acid test within seven days will be assigned a yellow code in the Shanghai health code system, according to the official notice. The yellow code restricts access to some public places.
On Saturday, health authorities in the financial center of 25 million people said they had detected one symptomatic and three asymptomatic cases a day earlier.
The southern province of Hainan is currently the most affected region in China, with 594 symptomatic cases and 832 asymptomatic cases recorded on Saturday during the previous 24 hours.
The strict restrictions and closures in the popular tourist destination are expected to last through the weekend.
On Saturday, China’s National Health Commission reported a total of 2,144 new COVID-19 infections on August 12, of which 704 were symptomatic and 1,440 asymptomatic.