Beijing announces more Covid restrictions and puts the world economy on alert
beijing suspension of face-to-face attendance in schools and nurseries after registering an important iCovid increase this sunday: almost thousand new infections. The sprouts of various Chinese cities such as shijiazhuang (N) reverse recent policy changes from “zero covid”.
numerous restaurants from the Chinese capital they shut down this Monday, many others They limited their sales to takeout orders.. These restrictions have mainly affected the Chaoyang business district. The authorities have asked that the residents work from home as long as possible.
remains in force requirement to show a negative PCR test made in the previous 24 hours To access public places such as supermarkets, museums, parks or shopping centers.
Although an unknown number of buildings in Beijing remain under lockdown Due to a case of covid being detected inside, the chinese capital he has avoided for now decree a large-scale lockdowndespite their contagion figures daily are Similar to those recorded by cities imposing widespread lockdowns throughout the last two years.
The case of Shijiazhuang
To some 280 kilometers from Beijingthe Shijiazhuang City reported 641 new infections today among its more than 10 million inhabitants. The town had announced a week ago the cancellation of constant PCR tests to the population and the Negative test requirements to access public placeswidespread practices among Chinese cities since last spring, when a peak of cases similar to the current one.
The News was interpreted by some analysts as a first step in a possible relaxation of the ‘zero covid’ policy‘, effective in China since the beginning of 2020although it is alsoand symptoms of fear were detected among the population of the city, in which the stocks of a Chinese medicine considered effective against covid-19 ran out shortly after.
Shortly after, other towns like guiyang (center) or luoyang (center) too adjusted their PCR requirements and even his own beijing closed last Monday numerous sample collection points only to open them a few hours later, to complaints and confusion from residents whose offices kept requiring negative tests to come to work.
Thousands of infected in Canton and Chongqing
For her part, the southern city of cantonwith more than 15 million inhabitants, continues to deal with a regrowth who left this sunday almost 10,000 new infections.
It is rare for a Chinese city to report thousands of new cases daily and, when it has, the situation has usually led to total lockdownsa measure not yet imposed by the authorities of Cantonthat they have decreed the closure of the most affected districts.
The central Chongqing megalopoliswhich registered yesterday more than 6,000 new infections among its population of about 30 million inhabitants, Nor has it applied a total confinement of the city like the one that was imposed in the past in cities like Shanghai (East), xian (center) or wuhan (center).
The zero covid policywhich consists of the isolation of all infectedstrict border controls, PCR tests constant to the urban population and confinements where cases are detectedit remains effective from the beginning of 2020 in the Asian country, despite symptoms of depletion among the population in recent months that have led to recent riots in cities like the aforementioned Canton.
Recently, C.hina made adjustments to its protocols to fight the pandemic, and the Executive advised against carrying out routine PCR tests on the entire population of a city or district. He also criticized practices such as collecting samples from residents twice in one day, which have recently taken place in some cities, as “unscientific.”
The asian country reported today of more than 25,000 new infections. According to official figures, since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,229 people have died in China, whose authorities maintain that the ‘zero covid’ he has saved millions of lives.
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