The Covid pandemic continues to expand in Beijing, forcing authorities to close many places but are not announcing a lockdown.

According to a U.S.-based media, four districts in the Chinese capital, including Chaoyang and Fengtai, have urgently announced an extension of control measures and continue to adopt lockdown-like management and implement home office management.

The other 12 administrative districts must conduct a second round of nucleic acid testing for three consecutive days, starting from May 16.

More than 90 subway stations in Beijing are shut down.

Tsinghua University and Peking University issued a notice that said, “no entry and no exit.” It means that all personnel must “not enter or leave” their campuses.

On the evening of May 15, Peking University staff erected a sheet metal wall in the Wanliu dormitory area without issuing an announcement.
According to the South China Morning Post, the wall separated students from faculty staff. It confined the students to their dormitory area but allowed the staff to move freely.

The move sparked a rare protest among the students. Hundreds of students gathered at about 10 p.m. They claimed that the university blocked their dormitory area without reason and demanded the authorities address their concerns.

It seemed that the two sides could not reach a consensus. At around 11 p.m., the university officials began to check the students who were not in the dormitory at the time. They will be treated as participating in the riot.

A worker at a hotel near Lingjing Hutong, Xicheng District, revealed that the authorities now deploy nucleic acid tests every day. As long as there is a confirmed case of Covid in any community, the lockdown-like management will be carried out immediately.

The hotel worker said that a testing point is located opposite his hotel. The hotel is closed, and the outsiders are not allowed to enter.

An owner of a Chinese restaurant in the Yuegezhuang wholesale market in Fengtai District said the restaurant is closed and sterilized now. After a few cases of Covid were found in the market, it instantly became a high-risk area.

According to the restaurant owner, people cannot dine in Beijing restaurants. Instead, they can only order take-out food.

Wang is a retired cadre living near Badaling. He said he is lucky to have hoarded food. Otherwise, he would not have food to eat now.
Wang said there is a huge farmers’ market in his area. There are a lot of vegetables, fruits, chickens and ducks, fish, and eggs … but they are all gone. The market is closed.

Many Beijing citizens posted photos and posts about their homes being blocked on social platforms. Personnel in white protective clothing gathered outside their houses, blocking the streets with barbed wire and preventing citizens from leaving the community.

Though many places are closed, Beijing officials still deny a lockdown of the city.

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