China has asked people to avoid traveling during the National Day holidays next month to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The health authorities in the country have advised citizens not to travel outside their communities for the week of holiday celebrations that will follow 1 October.
Wu Liangyou, a representative of the National Health Commission, advised people to remain put because of the risk from the COVID-19 virus.
During a week-long vacation, Chinese people often travel abroad as well as domestically.
By imposing various lockdowns, the country attempted to limit the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
Shanghai was shut down in April and May while Shenzhen and Xian were also subject to lockdowns.
More cities are urging residents to avoid unnecessary trips in the lead-up to National Day holidays due to coronavirus outbreaks. These have been reported in every province and region in the past weeks.
On Thursday, Chengdu in China placed a lockdown on the majority of its 21 million residents.
According to the National Health Commission, China had 1,439 new infections Wednesday.
The death toll stands at 5,226.
Last year’s National Day holiday saw a decrease in travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More people stayed at home and travelled less.
This was a significant difference from 2020’s National Day holiday. It came at a moment when coronavirus cases were declining.