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China Virus Czar Turns Focus to Beijing as Outbreak Lingers

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WATCH: China’s attention has shifted from Shanghai to Beijing. where cases hit the highest daily tally of the current flareup on Sunday. Emma O’Brien reports.Source: Bloomberg
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China’s top official for pandemic control has shifted her attention from Shanghai’s ebbing Covid-19 crisis to Beijing, raising pressure on the capital to contain its lengthy outbreak, and potentially signaling harsher curbs to come.

Sun Chunlan, China’s Vice Premier and health czar whose appearance at virus hotspots across the country typically reflects the central government’s priorities, on Monday urged authorities in Beijing to adhere stringently to Covid Zero and eradicate community spread more swiftly. She inspected the latest areas hit by the virus, according to state media reports, including regions in Beijing’s Haidian district, home to some of China’s top universities.