Beijing Residents Fear Shanghai-style Lockdown

The mounting concerns about a city-wide lockdown were dispelled on Thursday by Beijing authorities despite the reported slight increase in new COVID-19 cases there. 

Xu Hejian, a spokesperson for the Beijing municipal government in a report by Bloomberg, dismissed the speculation of a possible lockdown as “rumors” while he assured that residents don’t need to be nervous too about food supply. 

However, instead of a lockdown, Beijing will perform three more rounds of mass nucleic acid testing in 12 districts from Friday through Sunday, as the Chinese capital works to curb the recent rise of COVID-19 infections.

Hejian named the 12 districts including all the urban and major suburban districts, namely, Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai, Shijingshan, Fangshan, Tongzhou, Shunyi, Changping, Daxing, and Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area.

According to a news release from Beijing’s government website, Xu urged residents to minimize personnel flows in order to break the virus’s transmission chain, ensuring that the city’s normal operations and the supply of everyday essentials are unaffected.

Pang Xinghuo, deputy head of the Beijing municipal disease prevention and control center, reported that the municipality recorded 36 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Thursday. 

Pang added that 32 instances were discovered among persons under closed-off care, while four were discovered in community mass screenings. 

Of the new infections, 32 are moderate or mild cases, and four are asymptomatic carriers.

Since April 22, Beijing has reported 928 locally transmitted illnesses. 

Currently, Beijing has 17 high-risk zones and 37 medium-risk areas for COVID-19. 

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