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Parts of Beijing in lockdown as city struggles to contain Omicron outbreak

Beijing has taken control of parts of Beijing as it struggles to contain Omicron COVID variant. There have been 74 new cases in the past 24 hours.

All bars and restaurants in Sanlitun, the Chinese capital’s shopping and nightlife district, have been closed. 123 other stores have been also shut down.

Several residential areas in the city were sealed off after the detection of cases. Those who tested positive were taken to quarantine centres.

The largest region in Beijing, Chaoyang, where Sanlitun is situated, will continue daily mass testing its 3.5million residents until Wednesday.

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After a five-week lockdown in late April that saw parks, schools and shopping centres close, the latest outbreak occurred just days later. Large sections of public transport were also suspended.

These cases, which number more than 300, are all related to one Superpreader Event in which a man visited Heaven Supermarket, a dive bar, over the weekend along with other nightclubs.

Although authorities have stated that the outbreak in Beijing was “ferocious”, they have yet to announce city-wide lockdown plans.

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China’s pursuit of zero COVID has been a focal point in the fight to contain the epidemic.

Australia and South Korea were two examples of countries that followed similar policies. They have since relaxed most restrictions, as they are learning to live with the virus.

China refers to such strategies as “lying flat” when faced with the virus. It also claims that it would overwhelm its healthcare system if they were followed, despite the fact that vaccines are available.

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Why is the number of cases on the rise? And should we be concerned?

Even though authorities appear to be taking a more focused approach, locals are worried about a constant cycle of lockdowns.

Shanghai, which is home to 24,000,000 people, was subject to two-months of strict lockdown, before the restrictions were lifted two week ago.

Some districts were placed under lockdown, and mass testing has continued.

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