Beijing began the third round of COVID mass testing on April 29.

Ahead of the May 1 Labor Day Holiday in China, officials ask Beijing residents not to travel abroad unless it is necessary.

Besides epidemic prevention, the authorities also tighten public opinion. Radio Free Asia news outlet cited Beijing police as reporting that authorities arrested 52 people in the last week. These people were charged with spreading rumors of a lockdown or spreading false information.

In addition, on April 28, Weibo reported that it would begin to display the location of the user’s IP address on its personal homepage and comment section to curb rumors. The move has also aroused public concerns.

Many buildings and facilities in Beijing experience closure. Citizens are concerned that Beijing may suffer a full lockdown like in Shanghai.

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