Beijing Announces New COVID-19 Measures

By Alistair Baker-Brian, August 2, 2021

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Beijing has announced new measures in response to the current wave of COVID-19 cases across China. 

Residents are advised not to leave Beijing, except for essential purposes. Those who must leave the city and live or work in a neighborhood (街道) where cases have been found must have a negative COVID-19-test result issued within 48 hours of departure. 

Those who are currently in mid- or high-risk areas are strongly advised not to travel to Beijing. If returning to Beijing from these areas is necessary, travelers must have a negative COVID-19-test result issued within 48 hours of departure.

Those with recent travel history to mid- or high-risk areas who have already returned to Beijing must report to their local community and comply with relevant anti-epidemic measures.

All Beijing parks and scenic spots will operate at 60% capacity. 

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Beijing reported three new cases. Each confirmed case is part of the same household and had a travel history to Zhangjiajie. Another new case was reported on Monday, August 2. The confirmed case had a travel history to Changsha.

The recent cases in China have involved the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is around 60% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha variant. 

For Beijing residents, the new anti-epidemic measures may seem all too familiar. During the Chinese new year, travel to and from the city was tightly controlled following a number of new cases in Beijing and elsewhere in China. 

If you plan to travel, be sure to double-check in advance the anti-epidemic measures in place. 

[Cover image via Pixabay]

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