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Measures were increased in Beijing due to the epidemic triggered by Omicron events

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In the city, where the epidemic caused by local events, which was seen for the first time on April 22, continues, 42 cases showing signs of disease and 8 cases without symptoms were detected in the last 24 hours.

63 bus stops were closed in Chaoyang district, where the events were heavy, and the routes of 48 stops were changed. In addition, 60 stations on 14 metro lines were closed.

Citizens living on routes with bus stops will start working from their homes as of today, following the Personnel Day holiday.

Kindergartens and primary and secondary schools will also resume classes online mid-May 5-11.

In the city, cafes, bars and restaurants were only allowed to sell takeaways, while mass events were canceled during the Labor Day holiday, which covers May 1-5. Mass testing was carried out every day on 3-4-5 May in 12 central districts of the city.

In the new wave of epidemics in Beijing, 555 incidents have been recorded since April 22. It was reported that the virus had spread undetected for a week before the first events were detected.

The number of incidents in the new epidemic surpassed the wave that spread from the Shinfandi Wholesale Food Market in June 2020, where 368 incidents were recorded in 34 days.

The possibility of spreading in the metropolis with a population of more than 21 million, requiring a closure similar to the one in Shanghai, creates fear.

According to the statement made by the National Board of Health, 373 cases showing signs of illness and 4 thousand 740 cases without symptoms were detected in mainland China in the last 24 hours, while 75 cases originating from abroad were recorded .

PERMISSION TO CONTINUE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IN SHANGHAI

Most of the incidents took place in Shanghai, the largest city of the country. In the city, 261 cases showing signs of disease were detected, and 4 thousand 390 cases were detected, 13 people died due to the virus.

In Shanghai, where quarantine measures continue, 24 construction projects, which were stopped due to epidemic containment measures, including the computer data centers of technology companies Alibaba and Tencent and the chip factory of the International Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (SMIC ), were allowed to continue their activities.

The “gradual” closure, which was announced on March 28 due to the epidemic triggered by Omicron events in Shanghai, whose population exceeds 26 million, was extended for an unknown period in the whole city as the incidents did not decrease.

In the city, where the quarantine entered its sixth week, it was reported that the measures would be lifted in places where there was no incident, except for the quarantine zones.

While quarantine restrictions continue in most of the city, companies operating in the field of manufacturing, construction and trade carry out their activities under closed-circuit epidemic containment measures.

In the mainland of China, where the first events occurred in the Covid-19 epidemic, 218 thousand 571 incidents have been detected so far, 5 thousand 141 people have died.

OMICRON EVENTS TURNED A TEST FOR “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.

Strategy aimed at suppressing Covid-19 events where they occur and cutting the chain of transmission; Requires strict and large-scale measures such as quarantine, travel restrictions, mass testing. From time to time, the measures cause controversy in terms of their interference in the normal flow of life and their cost.

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

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