The Shanghai outbreak has become a sign of the future for China’s capital. In addition to large-scale testing and quarantine of positive cases, Beijing is building more makeshift hospitals and larger-scale shelters in case of a significant outbreak.

Li Ang, Beijing Health Commission Deputy director, confirmed on Saturday, April 30, that the city has finished a 4000-beds makeshift hospital, also known as Fangcang. Beijing has also started working around hunting for possible places to set up more makeshift hospitals. Some existing buildings will become makeshift hospitals if necessary.

Shanghai’s outbreak caused severe social and economic impacts. Beijing implemented a large-scale nucleic acid test, restricted the holding of some activities, and adopted high-intensity closure and control measures for areas with confirmed cases.

According to Beijing Health Commission Deputy director Li Ang, the goal of these temporary hospitals is to treat mild and asymptomatic patients.

Furthermore, before May 1, Labor Day holiday, Beijing health officials called on citizens to avoid travel and stick around during the holidays, as the travel rush could speed up the spread of the virus.

Beijing reported 55 new COVID-19 cases on May 1. In total, the city has had 350 local infections in 14 districts since April 22.

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