China’s capital locks down part of district in virus fight
BEIJING: Beijing sealed off 10 areas of its northeastern Shunyi district on Tuesday, the first lockdown in the Chinese capital since the last coronavirus outbreak in the months of June and July.
The city has reported 16 infections and three asymptomatic cases since Dec. 18, when the first cases were found. Most of the cases were in Shunyi, which has banned couriers from entering residential compounds.
Six villages, three buildings and one industrial zone were among the areas locked down, a Beijing municipal official told a news conference.
While Beijing’s new cases are modest in number compared with June and July, municipal authorities have beefed up steps to rein in the coronavirus, which has surfaced in three districts, where hundreds of thousands of residents have been tested.
“The capital’s COVID prevention and control (efforts) need to initiate emergency mode,” a city spokesman said at the news conference. - Reuters