China’s Beijing cordoned off 10 areas in its northeastern Shunyi district on Tuesday. This is the first lockdown in the Chinese capital since the last coronavirus outbreak in June and July.
The city has reported 16 infections and three asymptomatic cases since December 18, when the first cases were found. Most of the cases involved Shunyi, who has banned couriers from entering residential areas.
Six villages, three buildings and an industrial area were among the restricted areas, a Beijing city official told a press conference.
While Beijing’s new cases are modest compared to June and July, local authorities have stepped up their steps to contain the coronavirus, which has emerged in three districts where hundreds of thousands of residents have been tested.
“The capital’s COVID prevention and control (efforts) need to go into emergency mode,” a city spokesman said at the press conference.
The Beijing government said it has canceled large gatherings such as temple fairs and sporting events, and has controlled the size of offline events such as annual parties.
On Sunday it said it would increase the number of carriages on the metro system to distribute commuters and limit attendance in scenic spots and entertainment venues to 75% of capacity.
Live music events have been canceled and a New Years Day light show has been canceled. Educational institutions, from elementary schools to the renowned Tsinghua University, have prevented unnecessary outside entry.
Elementary school students and some middle school students will begin their winter vacation up to two weeks earlier next month, a main travel season before the New Year celebrations in mid-February.
Beijing has also urged residents to stay home during the vacation. Officials in his northern Yanqing District turned on the speakers to advise residents not to travel outside the area.
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)