After the initial COVID outbreak in late 2019 and early 2020 in China, many people thought that the Asian country would never face such scenarios again. But it seems that the coronavirus is more cunning than expected.
According to CNN, Beijing is now struggling to put an end to a COVID outbreak. The city might impose tighter restrictions than before in an attempt to stop the spread.
Mass testing for 3.5 million people
3.5 million people living and working in Chaoyang, meaning one of the districts of Beijing, will have to prepare for three rounds of mass testing for the virus. The Chaoyang officials made the announcement.
Beijing is one of the most populated cities in the world and also the third biggest, judging by the area. Therefore, there’s a lot of work to do in stopping the spread of the virus.
Tian Wei, the municipal official, stated, as CNN quotes:
The city has recently seen several outbreaks involving multiple transmission chains, and the risk of continued and undetected transmission is high. The situation is urgent and grim,
The whole city must act immediately.
Other Chinese cities are also severely impacted by COVID. Shanghai, meaning one of the most populated cities in the world with roughly 26 million inhabitants, is facing more and more COVID cases despite imposing a lockdown.
According to worldometers.info, China reached a total of over 205,000 infections with COVID since the beginning of the pandemic. As for the death toll caused by the coronavirus, it’s about 4,800 souls.