Beijing shuts parks, museums as China’s Covid-19 cases rise

China has decided to shut down Parks and Museums due to the rise of Covid-19 cases. Health officials have reported two additional deaths linked to Covid-19. This death toll is lower from the past week’s 3. The number of cases are rising again in China since May. The most recent wave is testing recent adjustments to China’s “Zero-Covid” policy. The policy made the authorities focus more on their enforcement actions. Moreover, the policy refrains from the widespread lockdowns and testing that have stifled the economy and irritated citizens. 

According to analysts, localities responsible for 19.9% of China’s total GDP were subject to restrictions or lockdowns on Tuesday. This percentage is up from 15.6 percent on Monday and near the index’s peak in April. In April, the government placed Shanghai under intense lockdown. On Monday, the Chinese capital issued a warning that the Covid-19 pandemic is posing its greatest threat yet. In response, the city tightened its entry requirements. The city now requires visitors from other parts of China to undergo three days of COVID testing before going out. After the 3 days of isolation and testing, the visitors are allowed to leave their accommodations. Many Beijing residents have locked down their buildings for a short time.

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The government has closed many museums and businesses like the popular Happy Valley amusement park. Moreover, the enormous Chaoyang Park in the city made closure announcements on Tuesday because of the outbreak. Beijing reported 1,438 new local cases from 962 cases on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Wuhan issued a notice advising its citizens to limit their travel between home and work trips. Remember that Wuhan is a city in central China, where the virus was first found. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan is leading China’s zero-Covid policy. He recently visited Chongqing on Monday and urged local officials to abide by the measures. He advised that this will help in bringing the outbreak under control. Investors had hoped that China’s more focused application of the zero-Covid curbs could signal a more significant easing. However, many analysts are advising against this overly optimistic thought. Moreover, China argues that President Xi Jinping’s iconic zero-Covid policy prevents the healthcare system from becoming overburdened and saves lives. Authorities claim they are developing a vaccination drive and planning to expand hospital capacity and fever clinics to screen patients.

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