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China tightens COVID-19 restrictions to stamp out new surges

Xinjiang and Qingdao clusters raise alarms of a possible new wave

A woman is swabbed for the coronavirus in Qingdao on Oct. 13. The Chinese city's entire population of 10.7 million was tested after a cluster of infections was detected.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Facing fresh coronavirus outbreaks in Xinjiang and Qingdao, China has intensified efforts to contain infections through widespread testing and travel restrictions.

The country has kept the coronavirus largely at bay in recent months, thanks to extensive testing and drastic measures such as large-scale lockdowns. Still, recent case surges fuel concerns that China is on the cusp of another wave of infections.

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