COVID fight in Chinese capital leads to curbs and penalties for violators

Beijing officials on Wednesday said the Chinese capital’s fight against COVID-19 is at a critical moment.

Zhong Dongbo, a senior health official, told reporters that the city cannot fully rest and needs to keep its economy running.

While the metropolis has ramped up quarantine efforts and penalized workplaces that violate regulations — with more counties implementing work-from-home rules — local authorities have fought back against Shanghai’s sweeping COVID lockdowns.

Instead, residents have been asked to turn themselves in if they think they may have visited the same places as people infected with the virus.

Beijing, like other Chinese cities, has ordered rounds of mass testing and travel restrictions, advising residents to avoid moving between boroughs.

Leaders have also banned indoor dining and closed schools and tourist attractions.

Alternatively, the government in China’s largest city is slowly easing the pandemic measures.

On Wednesday, Shanghai closed the makeshift hospital at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.

The move comes after the city reopened four of its 20 subway lines over the weekend.

Zhong Dongbo
Zhong Dongbo told reporters the city needs to keep its economy running.
Health workers with personal protective equipment
Residents are encouraged to stay at home.
AFP via Getty Images

While some residents have been allowed to shop for groceries, most restaurants and shops are closed and people are working from home.

Shanghai’s strict “zero-COVID” strategy has come under fire internationally, particularly after reports of food and medicine shortages during strict week-long quarantines.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report. COVID fight in Chinese capital leads to curbs and penalties for violators


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