Beijing locks down some areas as COVID-19 cases mount | CBC News


China’s capital, Beijing, started mass testing of greater than three million folks on Monday and restricted residents in a single a part of town to their compounds, sparking worries of a wider Shanghai-style lockdown.

Whereas solely 70 instances have been discovered thus far within the metropolis of greater than 21 million since a brand new outbreak surfaced Friday, authorities have rolled out strict measures below China’s “zero-COVID” strategy to attempt to forestall an extra unfold of the virus.

Some residents labored from house and lots of stocked up on meals as a safeguard in opposition to the likelihood that they could possibly be confined indoors, as has occurred in a number of cities, together with the monetary hub of Shanghai. The town of Anyang in central China and Dandong on the border with North Korea additionally began lockdowns because the Omicron variant spreads throughout the nation.

Shanghai, which has been locked down for greater than two weeks, reported greater than 19,000 new infections and 51 deaths within the newest 24-hour interval, pushing the loss of life toll it has introduced from the continued outbreak to 138.

Folks store for meals in a packed grocery store in Chaoyang District on Monday. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Photos)

Lengthy strains fashioned in supermarkets in central Beijing. Customers snapped up rice, noodles, greens and different meals gadgets, whereas retailer employees rapidly restocked some empty cabinets. State media issued reviews saying provides remained plentiful regardless of the shopping for surge.

Customers appeared involved however not panicked. One girl, carrying two baggage of greens, eggs and frozen dumplings, mentioned she was shopping for just a little greater than traditional. A person mentioned he is not anxious however is being cautious since he has a two-year-old daughter.

Beijing well being officers mentioned 29 new instances had been recognized within the 24 hours by 4 p.m. Monday, elevating the entire to 70 since Friday.

Tens of millions have to be examined

The town has ordered mass testing throughout sprawling Chaoyang district, the place 46 of the instances have been discovered. The three.5 million residents of Chaoyang, in addition to individuals who work within the district, have to be examined on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Testing websites had been arrange in a single day and within the early morning at residential complexes and workplace buildings across the district.

A lady is swabbed by a health-care employee in Beijing’s Chaoyang District. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Photos)

“I believe Beijing must be high quality,” mentioned Gao Haiyang as he waited in line for a COVID-19 check. “Primarily based on the earlier response made by my group, if there’s any emergency, I believe provide could be assured. Plus there have been classes we realized from different cities. I believe we are able to make good preparations.”

Shanghai has buckled below a strict lockdown that has pushed residents to band collectively to get meals delivered by group shopping for. Items have backed up on the port of Shanghai, affecting provides and manufacturing unit manufacturing and crimping financial development.

Beijing locked down residents in an space of about two by three kilometres, telling them to earn a living from home and keep of their residential compounds. It wasn’t a complete lockdown — shops continued to function — however cinemas, karaoke bars and different leisure venues had been ordered closed.

Elsewhere, town additionally shut down some or all buildings in 5 residential compounds, including to others that had been locked down on Sunday.

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