The situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Beijing has gradually become more severe again, and the government has applied strict control measures.

Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang pandemic spreads to Beijing 

According to Tencent, the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported on October 10 that as of September 29, a total of 54 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Beijing, involving 10 counties. After lab testing and research, there are currently 15 infection chains, of which 13 are from outside Beijing.

The initial outbreak in Beijing began on September 29, when a local case was detected among those entering to Beijing. Tongzhou District had conducted social screening. The cases left and returned to Beijing by train on September 24 and 26. They were initially determined to be infected on the way out of Beijing, in close contact with the confirmed case outside Beijing on train Z69. They were confirmed positive on September 29.

Seven cases have been detected in two families in Beijing. A newly infected person in Chaoyang District on ​​October 6 is a member of a family with three previously confirmed cases in the county. On October 1, they shared a car with others from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, to visit relatives in Beijing. All four members of that family were infected. Three other infected cases were confirmed to be members of another family.

An asymptomatic case was diagnosed in Changping District on ​​October 5. On September 30, the patient flew from Xinjiang to Beijing for medical treatment and temporarily lived in Linxi Community District 1, Baishan Town, Changping County. Changping County initially identified 49 close contacts and 28 indirect contacts, all of which have been controlled. Some areas have conducted nucleic acid testing for residents 3 days in a row.

The Beijing Municipal Health Commission has issued a notice reminding those entering and returning to Beijing that they must have a 48-hour negative PCR certificate and have a green health code. Residents returning to work on October 8 after the National Day holiday must also have a 48-hour negative PCR certificate.

Beijing uses health codes to directly control the in-and-out of citizens

In the past two days, many Beijing residents have repeatedly received an automatic pop-up dialog asking them to scan their health code and do 2 PCR tests in 3 days or quarantine for 7 days at home. The auto pop-up only disappears after the resident registers the information.

As the 20th National Congress of the CCP is about to be held, strict security and control measures have been put in place, according to BBC Chinese. Ensuring that COVID-19 cases do not enter Beijing has become a top priority.

Beijing has stepped up controls on entering and exiting the city. Many National Day tourists said they had not been to high-risk areas or contacted people in high-risk areas, but they could not return to Beijing for health code reasons. Chen Chaohua, a member of the Chinese media, complained on Weibo that returning to Beijing now is really difficult. He said that he left Beijing and came to Guangdong on ​​October 1. He took a nucleic acid test for a few days, but an automatic dialog said to scan health code popped up on October 4th.

On October 6, Twitter account “lidang 立党喜迎二十大” (Welcomes the 20th National Congress of the CCP of China) posted a notice stating, “From today, if you leave Beijing, the automatic dialog will appear and you must scan your health code. I still cannot imagine that by this point the health code and the normalization of the PCR test have been encoded.”

The account Liu Dameng from Tianjin said, “Until today, all my colleagues have left Beijing, no matter where they go, the automatic health code dialog always turns on.”

In response, a netizen pointed out, “It’s hard to imagine that this is something that 1.4 billion people in mainland China have to go through every day!”

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