Beijing Raises COVID Restrictions Amid Nationwide Surge

Beijing has implemented the most stringent Covid controls in order to prevent the spread of Omicron cases from other parts of China to the capital.

The municipal government has released an infographic on its four new measures for enhanced entry control and screening, which include among them the tightening quarantine rules for residential areas and stricter controls on those entering and leaving the city. 

Based on Beijing’s new approach, residential quarantine laws have been tightened, impacting both indirect and close contacts of positive cases, and more people, including schoolchildren and care facility residents, will be required to do frequent mass testing.

There were also more stringent procedures in place for persons entering and exiting the city. 

Foreign visitors and those from high-risk areas of China had to go through a lengthy quarantine before entering the city, but the requirements have now been strengthened for those coming from lower-risk areas as well.

Beijing has also implemented the regular monitoring of imported cold-chain food products such as equipment, fruits, clothes, and mail. 

The municipal government has also advised residents to make full use of supplementary antigen self-tests, especially for those who were undergoing quarantine, in lockdown or partially lockdown areas, and those in restricted areas. 

Based on the latest figures that were released by the National Health Commission on Thursday and published on state broadcaster CGTN, the Chinese mainland recorded 1,323 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 

Out of the new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,284 were linked to local transmissions and 39 from overseas. 

On the Chinese mainland, there were now 160,116 confirmed cases, with 4,638 deaths.

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