Beijing says ‘race against time’ to contain outbreak

Beijing says 'race against time' to contain outbreak

Authorities in the Chinese capital warned today that a 24-hour bar of cases linked to the Covid-19 outbreak is critical and the city of 22 million is in a “race against time” to control its most severe outbreak. Of the pandemic

Millions are facing mandatory testing and thousands under targeted lockdowns just days after city-wide restrictions were lifted to combat the widespread outbreak since late April.

Over the weekend, officials announced a “horrible” outbreak of Covid linked to the Haven supermarket bar, which had reopened following restrictions. coronavirus It was relaxed last week.

The outbreak of at least 287 cases has raised new concerns about the outlook for the world’s second-largest economy. China is still recovering from a lockdown Month in Shanghai city that raised concerns about global supply chains.

“We must do everything, race against time,” He Lijian, spokesman for Beijing’s municipal government, told a news conference, referring to efforts to contain the outbreak.

Consumption of drinks and food at most establishments in Beijing only resumed on June 6, with measures such as the closure of malls and sections of the transport system extended for more than a month along with measures such as food and work-from-home.

Authorities refrained from reinstating the previously toughest restrictions, but nearly 10,000 close contacts of the bar’s patrons were identified and its residential buildings blocked.

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