Beijing — Authorities in Beijing restricted more residents to their homes on Tuesday in a 3-week-long effort to control a small but persistent COVID-19 outbreak in the Chinese capital.
China recorded 1,100 new cases on Monday, the National Health Commission said Tuesday. Of those, about 800 were in Shanghai and 52 were in Beijing. The daily number of new cases in Shanghai has declined steadily for more than two weeks, but authorities have been moved slowly to relax restrictions, frustrating residents.
In Beijing, the number of cases has held steady, but new clusters have popped up in different parts of the city. City spokesperson Xu Hejian said that Beijing’s top priority is to screen people related to the group at the wholesale food market and isolate those who test positive. A second wholesale food market in the Fengtai district was shut down Tuesday.
Most Beijing is not locked down, but the streets are quieter than usual, with many shops closed and people working from home.