The Chinese capital has tightened the country’s already stringent pandemic response measures.
Mass testing of neighborhoods and buildings is underway across the city, and the local government announced this week that anyone who buys medicine for colds, fevers, headaches or the like should take a blood test. COVID-19 within 72 hours.
A third round of mass testing began on Wednesday for two million residents in the Fengtai district west of the capital.
It sparked complaints online and from locals bundled up to line up outside in the wind and cold (around freezing).
I think it’s too common, said a woman who only gave her last name, Ma. I did it yesterday and was asked to do it again today.
I asked the staff and they said, ‘Under the principle of testing everyone who should be tested, just do it since you’re here.’
The two million residents of Fengtai district, where half of Beijing’s cases have been discovered, are being tested for the third time since last weekend. Some areas of the neighborhood have been locked down, with residents not allowed to leave their housing complex or neighborhood.
People report being told their tests would be delayed due to a
problem with the system, of an unknown nature, and they were not told if it would delay the work of detection.
More than 100 positive cases linked to the Olympics
Athletes and other Games participants are completely isolated from the general public to try to avoid cross infection.
On Tuesday, 13 people who arrived in the country for the Games received a positive test, bringing the total to 106 among the 3,695 already arrived.
People who test positive and show symptoms are taken to hospital and to a quarantine hotel if they don’t have any.
Public health officials in Beijing said Wednesday that eight people had tested positive in the past 24-hour period, bringing the city’s Delta variant contagion total to 69. Of those, 54 show symptoms and 15 no.
The numbers are low compared to other countries, but they are a major concern for the government as Beijing prepares to stage the Winter Games.