Eastern Chinese export hub Yiwu imposes COVID restrictions

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Women wearing face masks talk at the Yiwu Wholesale Market following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China June 2, 2020. Picture taken June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

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BEIJING, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The Chinese city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province has suspended some public gatherings and dining at restaurants, closed multiple entertainment venues and locked down some areas to cope with COVID-19 flare-ups, the city government said on Wednesday.

In light of the latest COVID-19 infections, city-wide mass testing will be conducted on Aug. 4, Yiwu's health authorities said late on Wednesday.

There were 38 new coronavirus cases in Yiwu since Tuesday, of which nine were symptomatic and 29 were asymptomatic, the city's health authorities said.

Yiwu is a major manufacturing export hub in eastern China and home to 1.9 million people.

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