COVID 19: Beijing tightens measures as some residents grow weary


Residents in Beijing remained on edge on Tuesday as the authorities announced new measures to contain a small but growing outbreak of coronavirus cases.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the government explained that the new restrictions are essential as it is part of efforts to avoid a lockdown like like the one imposed in Shanghai.

In the new restrictions, officials banned dining at restaurants altogether and ordered entertainment venues to close.

The reopening of schools, which were closed ahead of a national holiday, has also been postponed for at least one week and residents must now show proof of testing negative within the last 48 hours just to enter public spaces, including public transportation.

Beijing on Tuesday reported 53 new locally transmitted cases, bringing the total from the recent outbreak to 453.

The case count remains relatively low compared with that of Shanghai, which reported 5,669 new cases.

At the height of its outbreak last month, Shanghai was reporting as many as 27,000 cases a day.

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