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Beijing Cases Hit Three-Week High as Covid Czar Urges Action

  • Capital at risk of lockdown again after earlier easing curbs
  • China continuing with Covid Zero strategy despite disruption
Beijing’s local government said an outbreak linked to a popular bar is proving more difficult to control than previous clusters.

Beijing’s local government said an outbreak linked to a popular bar is proving more difficult to control than previous clusters.

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Beijing reported the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in three weeks, with the capital moving to re-impose some restrictions just days after starting to ease them and appearing to avoid a broad lockdown like Shanghai. 

The city recorded 30 new local cases through 3 p.m. on Tuesday, including three infections in the community. On Monday, there were 74 infections, the most since May 22 when the city hit a record for the current outbreak. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, the nation’s top official for pandemic control, urged Beijing to contain the flareup as soon as possible, the official Xinhua News Agency reported late Sunday.