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Nearly 200 Covid infections linked to a single bar in Beijing

Chinese officials in Beijing have found that nearly 200 Covid cases in the city have been linked to a single bar in the city. Heaven Supermarket Bar recently reopened after the easing of Coviod restrictions in Beijing

Food service at restaurants in Beijing resumed on June 6 after more than a month in which the city of 22 million people imposed various COVID restrictions. Many shopping malls, gyms and other venues have been closed, parts of the city’s public transportation system have been suspended, and millions of people have been asked to work from home.

Heaven Supermarket Bar is a large self-service liquor store with chairs, sofas and tables

The bar, where patrons check the aisles to grab anything from local heavy liquors to Belgian beer, is known among Beijing revelers for its tables covered in empty bottles and customers falling asleep on couches after midnight.

Authorities have called the outbreak “fierce” and “explosive” as nearly 200 Covid cases have been linked to the bar. Those infected live or work in 14 of Beijing’s 16 districts.

There has been no official word on the exact cause of the outbreak.

The bar cluster was caused by shortcomings and complacency in epidemic prevention, the state-backed Beijing Evening News wrote in a commentary on Monday.

“At a time when… normality in the city is being restored, the fall of Heaven Supermarket Bar means that the hardships and efforts of countless people have been in vain,” the newspaper wrote.

If the epidemic develops, “the consequences could be serious, and would be such that no one would want to see them”, he added.

(With agency contributions)

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