Beijing restricts entry to prevent fresh Covid outbreaks

Beijing, Aug 2 (EFE).- Beijing authorities on Monday restricted entry to the city for people coming from high-risk areas in an attempt to protect the Chinese capital from the growing Covid-19 outbreaks that have popped up elsewhere in the country.

At least 27 cities in 18 provinces across China have in recent days registered locally transmitted Covid cases – more than 300 infections overall – resulting in Beijing deciding to “limit passenger flow” from areas that have witnessed infections, official daily Global Times said.

Flights and long-distance trains from the affected areas to Beijing have been cancelled, while authorities have urged residents of the capital to avoid traveling to regions where cases have been registered.

In order to leave the city, it is required to present results of a nucleic acid coronavirus test carried out within 48 hours of departure.

More than 30 Chinese cities have issued similar guidelines to prevent a massive Covid surge given the highly infections nature of the Delta variant of the virus.

Beijing has locked down six residential complexes in the Haidian district and two others in Fangshan after three residents tested positive following visits to the city of Zhangjiajie in the central Hunan province, where one of the active Covid outbreaks has taken place.

China on Monday reported 98 fresh cases, out of which 55 were locally transmitted. As many as 40 of these cases were recorded in the Jiangsu province.

The latest Covid outbreak in the country started at the international airport of Nankin, capital of the eastern Jiangsu provinces, but has also spread to other cities in the form of small outbreaks.

According to the government, on Monday seven of the locally transmitted cases were registered in Hunan (central, 7), followed by Beijing (2), Hubei (center, 2), Shandong (east, 1), Henan (center, 1), Hainan (south, 1) and Yunnan (south, 1).

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention had insisted on Saturday that the security measures imposed by the government continued to be effective in controlling fresh outbreaks.

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