Reeling from Xi Jinping’s Covid-Zero Policy mismanagement, parts of Beijing went into lockdown again on Sunday, as the pandemic outbreak continues to spread in more and more cities in China.
Authorities have imposed a lockdown on Haidian district along with Chaoyang, Fengtai, Shunyi and Fangshan districts, China’s Global Times reported citing a statement by city government spokesman Xu en Hejian.
According to Chinese media reports, except for restaurants offering delivery services and pharmacies, all indoor entertainment venues, gyms, training institutes and shopping malls have been closed as of today.
All qualified scenic spots in the capital city will be suspended, and at the same time, all parks must limit visits to 30 percent capacity, the Global Times reported, citing Xu Hejian’s statement.
Residents of five districts in Beijing have been asked to work from home until May 28, as the situation of the nationally transmitted COVID-19 remains uncertain.
While explaining the reasons for the increase in sporadic cases, Xu said that the COVID-19 situation has been complicated by the highly contagious Omicron, and most patients have only mild symptoms.
He also said that people’s negligence towards Covid-19 precautionary rules has also contributed to the cluster outbreak which intensifies the risk of transmission of the infection, the Global Times reported.
According to today’s report from the National Health Commission, China reported 157 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Saturday, of which Beijing reported 52 new confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 9 local asymptomatic cases.
China’s much-publicized ‘zero-covid’ strategy that the government credited with leading the country out of the pandemic until recently is unraveling as rapidly rising cases are once again forcing massive lockdowns like those seen in 2020. .