Shanghai suspends trans-provincial group tours

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SHANGHAI, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Travel agencies and online tourism companies in Shanghai have been asked to immediately suspend trans-provincial group tours and air ticket services combined with hotel reservations as the city reported three new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the first 17 hours of Thursday.

Due to the cases, Shanghai announced two communities in its east Pudong district and one community in its west Qingpu district as medium-risk areas.

Such tours will resume until all districts and their communities across the city are confirmed as low-risk areas again, said the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism.

Meanwhile, travel companies should not organize tours to other provinces or cities which are high- and medium-risk areas.

Shanghai has asked district authorities and travel companies to take strict measures to guard against possible imported COVID-19 cases. Tours within the city should also take strict epidemic prevention and control measures.