: Xi is set to trumpet his strict measures to control the virus at China’s party congress. Stephen Engle and David Qu report. Bloomberg News China is stepping up efforts to contain Covid-19 outbreaks ahead of the Party Congress , with national cases climbing to the highest in almost two months and concerns about widening lockdowns rippling across the financial hub of Shanghai. The country reported 1,878 cases for Sunday, the highest since Aug. 20, as the week-long National Day holiday saw cases flare among returning travelers. Shanghai posted 34 new local infections, the most in almost three months, with two infections found outside of its quarantine system. The uptick has seen neighborhoods locked down and buildings barricaded with the green fences that were a feature of the financial hub’s extended shutdown earlier this year. The districts of Putuo and Changning have shut entertainment venues to strengthen Covid controls. […]