Published: Wed, January 20, 2021

Partial lockdown imposed in Beijing over handful of Covid-19 cases

Partial lockdown imposed in Beijing over handful of Covid-19 cases

The center will be able to accommodate more than 4,000 people in total, according to national television.

Since the latest outbreak began, most of the new infections have been in north China's Hebei province, with nearly 700 cases and one death reported there since the start of 2021, the newspaper reported.

Among the 93 locally transmitted infections, 54 were reported in Hebei, a province surrounding Beijing; 30 in Jilin province, seven in Heilongjiang, and two in Beijing.

China reported 130 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Jan 15, as authorities continued to battle a severe outbreak in the Northeast that has put more than 28 million people under lockdown. The province has vowed to punish lockdown violations, including the illegal staging of weddings or funerals.

No suspected cases or deaths related to the disease were reported on Tuesday, said the commission.

Despite travel restrictions, the China Railway Corporation expects around 296 million railway passenger trips during the break, compared with 410 million in 2019.

All 1.6 million residents of Daxing must not leave Beijing unless they have received special permission from the authorities and tested negative for Covid-19 in the past three days, the district said.

Meanwhile, many cities have announced providing financial incentives for migrant workers not to travel home.

The current outbreak in Jilin was caused by an infected salesman travelling to and from the neighbouring province of Heilongjiang, the site of a previous cluster of infections.

China's statistics bureau chief Ning Jizhe yesterday said the overall impact of the Covid-19 resurgence on the country's economy remained controllable. It is more hard to control the pandemic in rural areas because quarantine, the testing process and public awareness may lag behind urban areas, he said.

Shijiazhuang, Hebei's capital and the hardest-hit spot in the latest surge of infections, reported 65 new locally transmitted confirmed cases on January 16, the provincial health commission said.

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