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China: massive coronavirus tests in Beijing and emergency purchases due to fears of confinement

China: massive coronavirus tests in Beijing and emergency purchases due to fears of confinement

China: massive coronavirus tests in Beijing and emergency purchases due to fears of confinement

Fears of a harsh lockdown prompted many Beijingers to make emergency purchases as long queues formed in the central district for mass drug tests. coronavirus ordered by the Chinese authorities.

At the same time, China tries to contain a wave of contagion in its largest city, Shanghaiwhich has been in confinement for several weeks and reported 51 new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday.

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Shanghai has struggled to provide fresh food to confined peoplewhile patients report problems accessing medical care for other ailments.

The main district of downtown beijingChaoyang, with 3.5 million people, ordered massive tests of its inhabitants and those who work at the site, where several multinational companies and embassies operate.

People wait in line to get tested for the covid-19 coronavirus in Beijing on April 25, 2022. (Jade GAO/AFP)

Lines to get tested for the coronavirus surrounded shopping malls and office buildings.

“If they detect a single case, this area could be affected”said Yao Leiming, a 25-year-old office worker, as he waited to be tested.

Warnings of a Covid outbreak in the city prompted a rush to Beijing supermarkets on Sunday for essentials.

beijing also imposed severe controls on entry into the city, including the presentation of negative tests of covid-19.

China seeks to contain its worst outbreak of the virus in two years by following its zero covid policy, which includes strict lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions.

The authorities consider that such a policy helped China to avoid the great health collapses seen in other parts of the world during the covid crisis, but at the same time it hit companies and the population.

Source: Elcomercio

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