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As Covid-19 continues to spread, China imposes lockdown in parts of Beijing

By Shgun S -- May 22, 2022 1:04 pm -- Updated:May 22, 2022 1:04 pm

Beijing (China), May 22: Reeling under the mismanagement of Xi Jinping's Zero-Covid Policy, parts of Beijing have again come under a lockdown on Sunday, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in China.

Lockdown has been imposed in the Haidian district along with Chaoyang, Fengtai, Shunyi, and Fangshan districts, China's Global Times reported citing a statement of the city government's spokesperson, Xu in Hejian.

According to the Chinese media reports, except for restaurants offering delivery services and pharmacies, all indoor entertainment venues, gyms, training institutes, and shopping malls have been closed from Sunday.

All graded scenic points in the capital city will be suspended and all parks should cap visits to 30 percent of capacity, said Global Times citing Xu Hejian's statement.

Beijing yet again under lockdown

The residents across five districts in Beijing are directed to work from home until May 28 as the domestically-transmitted Covid-19 situation remains uncertain.

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While explaining the reasons for the rise in sporadic cases, Xu stated that the Covid-19 situation has been complicated by the highly-contagious Omicron with most patients only presenting mild symptoms.

He also said that the violation of the lockdown and Covid-19 precautionary norms has contributed to the clustered outbreak which intensifies the transmission risk of the infection, Global Times reported.

Beijing yet again under lockdown

According to the National Health Commission report, China on Saturday reported 157 locally transmitted confirmed Covid-19 infections, of which Beijing reported 52 new confirmed locally transmitted Covid-19 cases and 9 local asymptomatic cases.

China's much-publicized 'zero-covid' strategy that the government credited for bringing the country out of the pandemic till recently is falling apart as the rapidly increasing cases are once again forcing mass lockdowns like those seen in 2020.

Beijing yet again under lockdown

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-PTC News

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