Beijing has extended orders for workers and students to stay at home and ordered additional mass testing on Monday as COVID-19 cases rose again in the Chinese capital.
Numerous housing estates in the city have restricted movement and exit, although conditions remain far less severe than in Shanghai, where millions of citizens are under varying degrees of blockade for two months.
Beijing on Monday reported an increase in cases to 99, rising from the previous daily average of about 50.
In total, China reported 802 new cases on Monday, marking a steady decline, interrupted only by small localized outbreaks. However, the government has adhered to strict quarantine, blocking and testing measures as part of its “zero COVID” approach, even as the outside world opens up.
Shanghai said 480,000 people are still locked in their homes, while 1.59 million are allowed to move around their neighborhoods and 21.2 million are under lighter restrictions.
The reopening of transport links from Shanghai has created an exodus of migrant and foreign workers, desperate to escape food, medicine and daily needs. Among those who remained, many were still limited to one hour of shopping time, charged with bringing home supplies for their entire building.
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Beijing is extending the order of work from home with the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases
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