January 30, 2023

China's capital, Beijing, begins Covid testing in business district

China’s capital, Beijing, begins Covid testing in business district

The Chinese capital, Beijing, reported a spike in COVID-19 cases over the weekend and mass testing began Monday in the Chaoyang business district. Within the area, one community depicted here has been classified as a high-risk area.

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BEIJING – The Chinese capital, Beijing, warned over the weekend that COVID-19 has infected It scattered undetected in the city for a week, And that more cases will be found with the investigation.

The main business district of Chaoyang District started Three days of comprehensive testing on Monday For anyone who lives or works in the area which includes many embassies and foreign companies. The region has accounted for most of the 42 new Covid cases reported in Beijing since Friday.

Only certain apartment buildings have been closed in Beijing. Schools mostly remain open, but the Chaoyang District has been ordered to open Cessation of all personal group activities and training courses, including arts and sports.

The rising cases in Beijing come as mainland China faces its worst outbreak of Covid since early 2020. The country has adhered to a strict no-Covid policy, using rapid lockdowns, quarantines and travel restrictions to control the virus outbreak.

Most Shanghai, the largest city in China, It remains under prolonged lockdown and has reported more than 100 new Covid-related deaths since Friday.

Nationwide, Shanghai has by far accounted for the most Covid cases, reporting on Sunday more than 2,400 asymptomatic and more than 16,900 without.

Beijing and Shanghai rank among the top ten provincial-level regions in China based on GDP, according to Wind Information. The data showed that Beijing’s economy grew by 4.8% in the first quarter, the same national level, The Shanghai index rose 3.1%. Targeted closings rose in March.

Municipal authorities said service industry workers affected by the latest round of cases in Beijing’s Chaoyang Business District could receive 100 yuan ($15.38) per day, for a maximum of 21 days.

Anecdotally, news of a sudden rise in cases and mass testing prompted locals to rush to stock up on food.