Communist Party celebrating anniversary when there is coronavirus outbreak in southern China

On the founding day of Chinese Communist Party, massive testing campaigns have been launched in the city. All the direct flights to the area have been cancelled till July1.

China’s most populous province Guangdong is battling a coronavirus disease outbreak, with 170 confirmed local infections between May 21 and June 21.

No new confirmed local coronavirus patients were reported for June 22. Of the infections, eight were recorded in Shenzhen, while 146 were reported in the provincial capital Guangzhou, though direct flights were still available to Beijing as of Wednesday, booking apps such as CTrip and Fliggy showed.

A Shenzhen government official who declined to be identified and two airline representatives confirmed flights from Shenzhen to the capital had been suspended.

Flights to other mainland destinations appeared to be operating as normal.

The airport in Foshan city, which borders Guangzhou and has reported 12 infections  in the last month, announced that it was suspending all flights until July 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the central city of Wuhan in Hubei province was the initial epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged there in late 2019, China has largely kept the disease at bay over the past year, with intermittent outbreaks that were quickly contained.

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