Jun 22, 2021 07:16 PM

Air Services Grounded as South China Tech Hub Hit With New Covid-19 Cases

What’s new: The recent discovery of Covid-19 cases in South China’s economic and technology hub of Shenzhen has caused flights to be grounded at one of the country’s busiest airports.

Flights between Shenzhen’s Bao’an airport and Beijing have been suspended until July 1, and it is not clear when authorities will decide to resume services to the national capital, an airline source told Caixin.

Flights and rail services to other major cities such as Shanghai and Chengdu have had their frequency reduced.

The context: Since June 15, the discovery of four people infected with Covid-19 in Shenzhen has been linked to the city’s airport. Epidemiology tests show the infections were linked to the 38 passengers who tested positive on a flight from South Africa on June 10.

In neighboring city Dongguan, three confirmed cases have been found linked to Shenzhen’s Covid-19 resurgence. The two cities have started mass testing of citizens.

Related: Air China Johannesburg Flight Suspended Over Covid Delta Cases

Quick Takes are condensed versions of China-related stories for fast news you can use. To read the full story in Chinese, click here.

Contact reporter Guo Yingzhe ( and editor Flynn Murphy (

Download our app to receive breaking news alerts and read the news on the go.

Get our weekly free Must-Read newsletter.

You've accessed an article available only to subscribers
Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code