Friday, 16 April, 2021

China reports more COVID-19 cases in Beijing, Shanghai

People line up to get their nucleic acid test on the sports ground of a school in Beijing China People line up to get their nucleic acid test on the sports ground of a school in Beijing China
Deanna Wagner | 23 January, 2021, 22:53

Daxing's government has prohibited all 1.7 million residents of the district, which contains Beijing's newest worldwide airport, from leaving the national capital "unless they have received special permission from the authorities" and tested negative for the Chinese coronavirus in the past three days, officials said.

Rural areas' epidemic control, as well as infections spread via imported frozen goods, have been blamed by officials as weak links partially responsible for the current outbreaks.

Shanghai began testing all hospital staff for the disease yesterday after two such workers tested positive.

By the end of Wednesday, 9,797 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 166 deaths, had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 46 cases in the Macao SAR, and 870 cases, including seven deaths, in Taiwan.

China's National Health Commission claimed last week that the majority of new coronavirus infections in northern China are "imported". On the same day, 20 asymptomatic cases were re-categorized as confirmed cases.

It is thought to be the first cluster of cases in a meat plant in China, although such facilities have been hotspots for pandemic outbreaks elsewhere in the world.

Chinese authorities are planning to impose strict coronavirus testing during the Lunar New Year next month when millions of Chinese travel nationwide.

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A queue more than 200 meters long was seen outside Dengshikou Elementary School, a testing spot near the centre of the city.

Authorities are asking people to stay home during the February holiday season in their effort to prevent another debilitating outbreak. Officials expect large numbers of travellers, although many fewer than in normal years.

China is on high alert for a potential wave of cases that could be triggered by the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday when thousands of people are expected to travel to visit family members.

A man surnamed Lin said the supermarket he works at had told him to take a test that morning. "I'm not that anxious, though this round of the outbreak is a bit unexpected". She hoped restrictions would be lifted in time for them to reunite over the festival. Hao's father is in a nursing home in Beijing which is no longer allowing visitors.

Wednesday also saw 113 asymptomatic cases newly reported on the mainland, of which 16 arrived from outside the mainland.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland has reached 88,804, and the death toll stands at 4,635.