Beijing imposes strict restrictions on COVID-19 during holiday week

China COVID-19: Shanghai reported 7,872 local cases on Sunday.

Beijing:

In a major escalation of COVID-19 restrictions amid a rise in cases of Omicron variants, Beijing has banned all restaurants, closed Universal Studios and ordered residents to provide proof of a negative Covid test to enter. public places, according to a media report.

The restrictions came as a five-day International Labor Day holiday began in the city on Saturday, CNN reported.

After several rounds of mass testing, the lockdown of dozens of residential communities and the suspension of schools, Beijing further tightened restrictions at the start of the holidays, according to the report.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the capital Beijing on Sunday reported 51 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and four asymptomatic cases, local media reported citing authorities.

Many Beijing residents have scrambled to stock up on food and basic necessities over the past week, fearing a Shanghai-style lockdown could cause shortages, CNN reported.

There is little holiday spirit this year in China, as the government ramps up its zero Covid policy to tackle the country’s worst outbreak since Wuhan, according to the report.

Many local governments have ordered residents not to leave their cities unless absolutely necessary and imposed lengthy quarantine requirements for people coming from areas where COVID-19 cases have been reported.

Meanwhile, in Shanghai, officials said on Sunday that community transmission in the city had been “effectively controlled”, after more than a month of strict lockdown that confined most of its 25 million people to their homes, according to the report.

Shanghai reported 7,872 local cases on Sunday, continuing a general downward trend since April 13, officials said at a news conference, according to the report, adding that the city also reported 38 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 422.

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