Beijing increases strict control measures against Covid amid decline in Shanghai cases

BEIJING: China’s capital Beijing announced strict control measures at the city’s tourist and cultural sites during the May 1 four-day holiday due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, while Omicron-hit Shanghai reported zero. new infections outside quarantine areas for the first time. time since the city of 25 million went into lockdown a month ago.
All performance and entertainment venues, internet cafes, offline art training and group tours of the city will be suspended due to the current Covid-19 outbreak during the May 1 holiday starting Saturday, the municipal department of culture and tourism announced. from Beijing.
Beijing’s municipal cinema administration announced Friday night that all cinemas in the capital will be closed between April 30 and May 4.
To enter the premises, visitors must have their temperature taken, scan their health code and provide a negative nucleic acid test certificate obtained within 48 hours.
A nucleic acid test result done within 48 hours is also required for hotel stays, the announcement said.
Beijing, which has carried out three rounds of nucleic acid tests, reported 34 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday.
After large-scale nucleic acid screening in 11 districts, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Beijing has remained in the dozens a day, with a total of 228 infections reported so far, a Beijing municipal government spokesperson said during a press conference. a friday. Press conference.
Meanwhile, in a big relief for Shanghai, the city has not reported infections outside quarantine zones for the first time, the Global Times reported.
In addition, the country’s business hub continued to see a decline in new Covid-19 infections, with 1,249 new confirmed local cases and 8,932 asymptomatic infections reported as of Friday, according to the Shanghai health authority.
But the city continued to report a high death toll as 47 more died from Covid-19 on Friday, which brought the city’s death count during the recent outbreak to 384 people.
The Chinese mainland reported more than 10,700 cases of Covid-19 on Friday. As of Friday, 26,567 people were undergoing treatment for Covid-19 in China, the National Health Commission said Saturday.
On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a news conference that “we are currently facing the Omicron tsunami. This variant has spread very fast, much faster than we can imagine.” .
Zhao said China controlled the spread of the Delta variant last year in about 14 days, but the Omicron attack was much more severe.
He was responding to a question at the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, expressing concern about the state of the world’s second-largest economy and his criticism that the zero Covid policy has led the country into a dead end.
Joerg Wuttke, president of the EU Chamber, said in an interview that Shanghai, China’s biggest business hub, has been in lockdown for a month and China’s economy is taking a huge slump.
Supply chains are so intertwined that lockdown measures in one place have ripple effects in other regions, he said, urging China to lead by example from Singapore, where politics and society have learned to live with the coronavirus.
“China is losing its credibility as the best sourcing place in the world,” he said.
As the situation turned grim, the Communist Party of China (CPC), led by President Xi Jinping, asked its Political Bureau to look into the situation.
Noting that the economy faces increasing complexities and uncertainties, the meeting emphasized the importance of economic stability to ensure the improvement of people’s lives, official media reported.
The meeting called for upholding the “people first, lives first” principle and the dynamic zero Covid approach to protect people’s lives and health and minimize the epidemic’s impact on economic and social development.
China should step up macro policy adjustment and work hard to achieve annual economic and social development targets and keep the economy running within a reasonable range, he suggested.

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