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COVID-19: Morning rush resumes after schools and workplaces reopen in Beijing as restrictions ease


After cases began to decline, the Chinese capital Beijing is easing coronavirus (COVID-19) measures that were imposed as part of its zero Covid policy. Due to rising Covid cases, China has imposed a zero Covid strategy of hard lockdowns, mass testing and long quarantine periods. Such strict measures have been taken to eliminate Covid clusters and outbreaks.

Local authorities said in a statement on Sunday (June 5) that public transport would resume in most districts except Fengtai and parts of Changping. People are allowed to return to the office and restaurants to begin catering services.

During 3pm to 3pm local time (0700 GMT) on Monday June 6, Beijing reported no new locally transmitted Covid cases, a disease control official said, quoted by Reuters news agency.

Pang Xinghuo, who is the deputy director of the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, told a press conference that the Chinese capital Beijing had recorded 1,822 Covid infections as of 3 p.m. local time on Monday since April 22.

Reports revealed scenes from scratch where morning rush hour traffic resumed in Beijing. Residents rode bicycles on roads alongside heavy traffic.

Restaurants, which have been limited to takeout since early May, have opened as food service in most parts of Beijing have also resumed.

In Shanghai, most of the city’s 25 million residents have been able to move freely since Wednesday. But hundreds of thousands of people still face restrictions after being named as close contacts of infected people.

(With agency contributions)

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