Beijing to continue stringent anti-virus measures

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Beijing has vowed to continue its strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures and improve its efforts on early detection, reporting, quarantine and treatment in a bid to curb sporadic cases across the city, said a local official.

Xu Hejian, spokesperson for the Beijing municipal government, briefed reporters on the city's latest epidemic countermeasures at a press conference on Monday. 

Starting from May 12, people entering government institutions and public spaces, such as supermarkets, office buildings and hotels, will be required to display a negative nucleic acid test from the previous 48 hours. 

Business activities at the city's performance and entertainment venues, internet cafes and indoor sports venues will be temporarily suspended, while indoor tourist attractions and public cultural spaces will also be closed. Scenic spots and parks in Beijing are also capping the number of visitors to 50% capacity.

Eat-in services will continue to be suspended in restaurants across the city.

In addition, primary and secondary schools, kindergartens and vocational schools have switched to online teaching, with arrangements concerning the resumption of classes to be announced in accordance with the epidemic situation.

Beijing will also continue carrying out nucleic acid tests in key areas where new COVID-19 cases are reported, and regular testing will be launched across the city. Local authorities, government departments, employers and individuals are all required to fulfill their responsibilities in carrying out temperature checks, nucleic acid tests and self-quarantining as necessary.

According to Xu, Beijing will make timely adjustments to its COVID-19 countermeasures based on the latest epidemic situation. The municipal government will strive to minimize the negative impact brought about by anti-virus measures and take swift actions to address issues concerning people's livelihoods.

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