Beijing began a new round of Covid tests on Saturday, May 7. The Chinese capital is seeking to avert the repeat of Shanghai’s fate.

According to Voice of America, Beijing kicked off the new campaign by conducting nucleic acid screening for all employees in the city.

Beijing also shut down more subway stations and stopped more bus routes. Accordingly, more than 60 subway stations have been closed, and more than 100 bus lines have been suspended.

Many districts in Beijing have banned their restaurants, exhibition halls, zoos, and tourist sites.

Some public places require a negative nucleic acid test certificate.

Reuters reported that Beijing launched the first of three new rounds of daily testing in five districts, including Chaoyang, home to embassies and large offices.

Beijing officials have figured out the main Covid transmission chains, but they still believe there are hidden infection sources in society. Therefore, they could not lower their guard.

At a press conference on Saturday, Pang Xinghuo, the Beijing Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention deputy director said that Beijing saw 45 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, down from 55 a day earlier.

The official added that there are currently 20 high-risk areas and 34 medium-risk areas in the capital.

Though the number of new infections in Beijing is smaller than a fraction of Shanghai’s, the capital’s authorities are still worried about a potential explosive surge of cases there. So they have isolated the positive patients as soon as possible.

According to VOA, with the new campaign, Beijing seeks to avoid Shanghai’s mistakes and be forced into a total lockdown.

More than a month after Shanghai imposed city-wide lockdown measures, the vast majority of the 25 million residents remain at home or are severely restricted from going out, despite some signs of short deregulation in several areas.

The draconian containment measures in Shanghai have sparked complaints and protests on Chinese social media. Many people in China’s financial hub have lamented the lack of food and drink, the lack of access to medical care, the sharp decline in incomes, and the congestion of isolation centers and poor sanitary conditions.

In some neighborhoods of Shanghai, the epidemic has slowed down, and people have been allowed to go out of their homes to buy food, bask in the sun and breathe, but they are basically confined to their neighborhoods.

The Shanghai municipal government announced that the new cases of Covid there have been declining for eight consecutive days.

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