Beijing tightens Covid-19 curbs as cases detected across capital

Beijing tightens Covid-19 curbs as cases detected across capital

BEIJING (REUTERS, XINHUA) – Beijing has tightened Covid-19 curbs over concerns that China’s mass travel during the holiday period could cause cases to spike in the capital, as it reported locally transmitted cases for a fourth straight day on Sunday (Dec 27).

A meeting led by the capital’s Communist party boss, Mr Cai Qi, urged all districts in Beijing to enter an emergency mode, sealing off residential compounds and villages where infections are found.

Shunyi district, where all the recent coronavirus cases have been reported, has declared a wartime mode and testing for all its 800,000 people. All the cases reported on Saturday were close contacts of previous cases.

Chaoyang district, which neighbours Shunyi, has finished testing 234,413 people in three neighbourhoods, with none testing positive. People who have not received their test results are not allowed to go out, the district government said.