Beijing districts put under lockdown as cases rise

BEIJING (AP) – China’s capital Beijing began testing millions of residents and shutting down residential and business districts on Monday amid …

BEIJING (AP) – China’s capital Beijing began testing millions of residents and closing residential and business districts on Monday amid a new outbreak of COVID-19.

While only more than 40 cases have been found in the city of more than 21 million since the outbreak appeared on Friday, authorities have implemented extreme measures to prevent a further spread of the virus.

Residents stayed home and filled up with food as a safeguard against the possibility that they could be locked up indoors, as has happened in several cities, including Shanghai’s financial center.

The central city of Anyang, along with Dandong on the border with North Korea, also announced lockdowns as the omicron variant spreads across the vast country.

China’s borders remain largely closed as its harsh response and the economic impact of the pandemic continue to grow.

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