Asia Today: Beijing tells residents to stay put for holidays

BEIJING (AP) - Beijing has urged residents not to leave the city during the upcoming New Year holidays and has put new restrictions in place after multiple coronavirus infections last week.
Two domestic cases were reported on Friday, a supermarket employee and a Hewlett Packard Enterprise employee. Another two asymptomatic cases were discovered in Beijing earlier this week.
Beijing is conducting limited testing in the neighborhoods and workplaces where the cases have been found.
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To contain new outbreaks, the Beijing government has canceled large gatherings such as sporting events and temple fairs. It is said that applications for all major events are rigorously screened. Venues like cinemas, libraries, and museums must be 75% busy, according to the government.
She also urged companies not to arrange business trips outside the city and abroad.
The lunar new year is February 12th.
Separately, officials in the northeastern port city of Dalian said on Friday that they had tested over 4.75 million people for the coronavirus this month after 24 confirmed infections.
Authorities have closed schools and all public areas in five neighborhood departments in Dalian, and only key workers can leave their buildings to go to work.
Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific:
- South Korea has reported an additional 1,132 coronavirus cases as the Christmas week resurgence worsened, putting pressure on the government to enforce stricter social distancing controls. Saturday's numbers brought the country's number of cases to 55,902 with 793 deaths. Around 780 of the new cases came from the metropolitan area of ​​26 million people, where health workers discovered a large pile in a huge Seoul prison with more than 500 inmates and workers. The broadcasts in recent weeks have also been tied to hospitals, nursing homes, churches, restaurants and army units. After months of complacency, government officials over the past few weeks have restored some distance restrictions after being lowered to the lowest level in October, and are now restricting private gatherings, closing ski resorts, restricting hotel occupancy, and imposing fines on restaurants for accepting large groups . The government will hold a meeting on Sunday to decide whether to raise distance controls to the highest level 3, potentially shutting down hundreds of thousands of non-essential businesses. Officials have resisted such measures for weeks, saying they could create another shock to an already weak economy.
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