28 Apr 2022
Beijing Tightens COVID-19 Screening to Avert Shanghai-Like Situation
The Index Today
In a desperate attempt to offset a potential plight like that of Shanghai, China’s capital of Beijing has ramped up mass COVID-19 testing for its 22 million residents, as part of its Zero COVID policy.
Reuters reported that Beijing shutdown certain public spaces while increasing checking at others as the country continues to battle its present outbreak of COVID-19. Although the current surge seems to be peaking, marked by a decline in the number of cases, fears continue to mount for China which could possibly find itself in an impossible situation where it would open up some places while simultaneously locking down its other affected regions, causing acute economic harm and a grave disruption of life.
On Thursday, Beijing recorded 50 new infections including results obtained from its first round of mass testing comprising 20 million samples, rising from the previous day’s count of 34 cases, reported Reuters.