Beijing plans to test thousands of people after four new COVID-19 cases were found in a suburban district today, as a new outbreak prompts school closures and flight cancellations across the country. China has maintained a staunch zero-COVID strategy with strict border closures, lengthy quarantines and targeted lockdowns. But the world’s most populous country is now scrambling to reduce infections by dozens of provinces.
Beijing plans to test thousands of people after four new COVID-19 cases
China is facing yet another outbreak of the coronavirus, and is taking major steps to prevent further spread. China has reported new cases for five consecutive days, most of them from the northern and northwestern regions of the country. Authorities in China have already started taking steps and sanctions have been imposed once again. China has canceled hundreds of flights and started large-scale testing. Apart from this, schools have also been closed for the time being. Beijing has continued to impose strict border closures and targeted lockdowns while systematically trying to ease restrictions.
The latest flare has sparked a flurry of orders to shut hundreds of flights, close scenic areas and schools, and stay-at-home compounds in affected housing compounds. The outbreak was traced to an elderly couple who were in a group of domestic tourists who flew from Shanghai to Xi’an, Gansu province and Inner Mongolia.
Dozens of cases have since been linked to his travels, with close contacts in at least five provinces and territories – including sparsely populated Inner Mongolia and the capital Beijing. In response, authorities in northwestern Beijing’s Changping district have intensified contact tracing and tightened COVID safety protocols, state media reported today, testing 35,000 people.