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COVID-hit Beijing keeps up guard to avert Shanghai-like misery -Breaking


© Reuters. Commuters in face-masks stand at a bus stop amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (19COVID-19), which occurred in Beijing, China on April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins


BEIJING (Reuters), – China’s capital Beijing has closed some public places and increased security at others. On Thursday, most of Beijing’s 22,000,000 residents began COVID-19 mass screenings to avoid a Shanghai-like lockdown.

After three rounds of mass testing were conducted in Beijing this week, a host of buildings, offices, and residential properties were locked down. The university was also closed after it discovered that there had been infections at some tourist venues, schools and entertainment venues.

Universal Studios Beijing, announced Wednesday that they would ask visitors for negative tests results in order to enter their theme park. This will take effect from Friday.

Although positive cases were reported in Beijing from the 20 million sampled during the first round mass testing, they were still small. On Thursday, 50 cases of new infection were reported in Beijing for the month of April 27. This is an increase from 34 days earlier.

Beijing has reported 160 new cases in the last 22 hours, almost half of which were found in Chaoyang. Chaoyang is the largest district, well-known for its nightlife and malls.

Beijing was still on the edge despite the small caseload.

The number of new infections in Shanghai at the beginning of the epidemic was less than 100 per day between March 1-10, but then doubled and then exploded to over 700 in March 20.

Shanghai had reported thousands of new infections by March 31, prompting an immediate lockdown in the city and reorganizing the lives of the 25 million inhabitants.

Beijing is trying to keep its economy from being disrupted. Residents are allowed to continue to work while they are tested, except for infections that require lockdowns.

A migrant worker named Wu arrived in Beijing Wednesday morning after traveling a 10-hour train trip with a friend.

They were supposed to start work at the Beijing University of Technology canteen, but it didn’t happen. Residents near the university put a lockdown on residential compounds.

After lengthy discussions with the university’s staff, they were instructed to stay in a lockdown dormitory.

Wu stated, “We are able to cook in the dormitory and it is only a matter-of-time until the lockdown will be lifted.”

“I will not ask for money if you don’t work.”