The latest data from Beijing Municipal Health Commission show that the city’s number of new local confirmed cases has increased to 47 on April 28.
The city has closed many facilities to fight the surge and implemented massive testing, resulting in fear of full lockdown like in Shanghai.
Covid-19 has spread to all districts of Beijing, except for Pinggu District, which has no reported cases. In the last week, the number of reported cases has been 194. So far, the total number of confirmed cases in Beijing is 2,052.
Many buildings and facilities in Beijing experience closure, such as hospitals, schools, supermarkets, restaurants, and even police stations.
According to Caixin, Deputy Secretary and Spokesman of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission Li Yi announced that all schools will start the May Day holiday one day ahead of schedule, that is on Friday, April 29. This includes kindergartens, primary, secondary and vocational. The date to return will rely on the epidemic situation.
Covid cases in Beijing have been mainly found in people who frequented crowded places, such as restaurants and schools. Tourists have also been affected.
There are 2 large-scale clusters of outbreaks detected. Both of them are attributed to citizens eating at restaurants. In the first one, an infected person joined a wedding banquet at a local restaurant in Fangshan District. As a result, more than 50 people got infected.
The second took place at a food store in Chaoyang District. Infected people went to eat, making dining staff and employees infected too. One of the dining staff is a teacher at a training institution, which caused the infection to spread to many students and parents at the school.
Many hospitals have also suspended outpatient and emergency admissions since April 28, such as Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University Affiliated Beijing Shijitan Hospital, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Fangshan Hospital, Beijing Huairou Hospital, and Beijing Chaoyang District Maternal and Child Health Hospital.
Qianmen police station also was suspended, and its police officers are quarantined because of an infected person’s attendance.
Many areas are subject to traffic control, and all vehicles are not allowed to enter Beijing. They include the Baimiao Checkpoint and the entrance of the expressway from Beisan county.
The Beijing Municipal Health Commission has announced 5 high-risk level areas and 19 medium-risk areas on April 28.
To deal with China’s biggest-ever Covid-19 outbreak, Shanghai has imposed a strict lockdown since the beginning of April. On April 28, authorities reported 52 new COVID deaths, 5,487 confirmed cases, and 9,545 new asymptomatic cases.
The situation in Shanghai is desperate. Netizens denounce food and medicine shortages, and that sanitary conditions at quarantine centers are poor. As reported by NBC News, residents’ anger has escalated, and they can be seen in videos shouting and banging pots and pans.
Reuters reports on April 29 that over 12 million Shanghai residents who are now in lower-risk areas may be allowed to leave their homes. That accounts for half the city’s population.
Some Beijing residents were worried that their city would implement the same draconian measures as the financial hub, and they decided to leave it overnight.