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Covid-19 restrictions lifted in Beijing in most of the city

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In the statement made by the local administration, it was stated that the restaurants, which have been allowed to only sell takeaways since May 1, will reopen, and that employees from the residence will be able to return to their offices.

In the statement, it was stated that primary and secondary schools will gradually return to face-to-face education, and university students will be allowed to carry out their end-of-transition activities and return to their residences, provided that entrance and exit to the campuses are supervised.

In the new regulation, it was stated that citizens are required to show the negative result of the Covid-19 test performed in the last 72 hours instead of the last 48 hours in order to access public transportation vehicles and public spaces.

It has been noted that libraries, museums, cinemas and sports centers will serve with 75 percent capacity, and a vaccine base will be introduced to participate in urban types.

It was stated that the restrictions will continue to be applied in parts of Fingtay county in the southwest of the city and Changping county in the northwest of the city, where the incidents are still taking place.

INTERCOMMUNITY SPREAD CONTINUES IN SHANGHAI

The continuation of intra-community spread in Shanghai, the largest city of the country, which became normal on June 1 after the 2-month quarantine, causes concern that the epidemic may flare up again.

Shanghai Health Committee Leader Vu Cingley warned that new incidents spreading throughout the city may trigger a new epidemic wave if rapid intervention is not done to cut the chains of infection.

It has been reported that 13 intra-community incidents have been encountered outside the quarantine zones since June 1, when normalization began in the city with a population of more than 25 million, and 6 of them were detected during the Dragon Boat Festival celebrations at the weekend.

In the statement made by the National Health Board, 31 cases showing signs of disease and 140 cases without symptoms were detected in the last 24 hours in mainland China, 85 cases originating from abroad were recorded.

THE OMICRON EVENTS HAVE TURNED A CHALLENGE FOR THE “ZERO CASE” STRATEGY

The picture revealed by the highly contagious Omicron variant has turned into a test for China’s “zero case” strategy against Covid-19.

The strategy, aimed at suppressing Covid-19 events where they arise and cutting the chain of transmission, requires strict and large-scale measures such as quarantine, travel restrictions and mass testing. The measures sometimes cause controversy in terms of their interference in the normal flow of life and their cost.

It remains unclear how China will adapt its engagement strategy over time, while other countries have largely removed their epidemic containment measures against Covid-19 and become normal.

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