China escalates fight against new Covid outbreak and US blame game

China escalates fight against new Covid outbreak and US blame game

New restrictions imposed as Beijing hits back against Trump administration over pandemic’s origins

Chinese authorities have intensified their battle against a new wave of coronavirus cases — as well as a blame game with the US — in an effort to suppress a series of outbreaks in and around Beijing.

Officials said on Wednesday that they would check on anyone who had entered the Chinese capital since December 10 and tightened control measures in two districts of the city.

Authorities have been spooked by an outbreak in Hebei province, which surrounds the capital, the country’s worst since last spring. Of the 88 locally transmitted cases confirmed across China on Tuesday, 19 were discovered in Hebei and another six in a Beijing district that borders the province, triggering mass testing and targeted lockdowns in the capital.

Officials have also restricted movement in and out of Shunyi, a popular residential area where the city’s main airport is located.