The Covid epidemic in Beijing is heating up. The Chaoyang district has begun to delineate a control area as it was designated a high-risk area on April 24.

China’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported on April 24 that the Chaoyang district started complete nucleic acid testing on April 25, and officials are asking people to do the test before going to work.

The community had mandated three rounds of nucleic acid testing on April 25, April 27, and April 29, and all residents were required to attend.

CNA reported that many people flocked to supermarkets in Beijing to buy food, especially in the Chaoyang district. Netizens also urged people to stock up on food supplies.

At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, April 24, Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the epidemic had spread in secret for a week.

The outbreak involved multiple transmission chains such as schools, elderly travel groups, and families. More cases are expected to be detected.

Between April 22 and April 24, 41 COVID cases were locally reported in Beijing. Officials added that the risk of renewal and insidious transmission is high.

The supermarkets were crowded on Sunday night, April 24, and many shelves were swept empty.

According to China’s 7th National Census in 2020, the Chaoyang district has the highest population, with 3.45 million people. It’s among the 16 administrative districts of Beijing.

The Chinese government authorities continue to impose the “Zero-Covid” epidemic policy, with strict prevention and tight control as one of the working slogans. But these policies do not seem to be working, public discontent is boiling over, and the epidemic remains serious.

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