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Beijing Punishes Officials for Covid; Tianjin Area Lockdown

  • A dozen officials punished for two clusters in China’s capital
  • Tianjin locks down a district in city’s center to tame flareup
A barricaded entrance to a residential area due to Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing on May 24.
A barricaded entrance to a residential area due to Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing on May 24.Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images
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Beijing punished a dozen officials over two Covid-19 clusters as China’s capital continues to report new infections in its now monthlong outbreak, while the nearby port city of Tianjin locked down its city center amid a simmering flareup. 

The head of Beijing’s postal administration was warned for not properly supervising virus-prevention work and not paying enough attention to the growing case numbers over a cluster at a courier service outlet, according to a statement posted on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China’s top anti-graft agency. Eight officials involved in a China Railway-linked cluster were punished for lying about their movements.