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Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China Says Beijing Isn't Locked Down. These Pictures Tell a Different Story.

China has slapped down rumors that its capital will be put into a Shanghai-style lockdown because of a persistent Covid-19 outbreak, saying Beijing remains operational. But, official lockdown or not, many of what were once the city’s busiest streets are now deserted.

It's becoming more and more difficult for residents in Beijing to see much difference between their situation and that of Shanghai, where millions of people have been confined to their homes for weeks on end. While most Beijingers are still technically allowed outside, there are few places to go, with schools, gyms and attractions shut, restaurant dining banned indefinitely and some districts cordoned off altogether.