Beijing expands home office order as COVID-19 cases surge

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A woman gets a throat swab during a public COVID test outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Beijing extended stay-at-home orders for workers and students and ordered additional mass testing Monday as cases of COVID-19 surged again in the city.

Numerous housing complexes in the Chinese capital have restricted entry and exit, although conditions are far less stringent than in Shanghai, where millions of citizens have been under varying degrees of lockdown for the past two months.

Beijing reported a rise in cases to 99 on Monday, up from an earlier daily average of about 50.

Overall, China reported 802 new cases Monday, a steady decline punctuated only by small, localized outbreaks. Despite this, the government has implemented strict quarantine, lockdown and testing measures as part of its “zero-COVID” approach even as the outside world opens up. Beijing expands home office order as COVID-19 cases surge

Justin Scaccy

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