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Beijing officials said on Wednesday that the Chinese capital’s fight against COVID-19 was at a critical juncture.
Zhong Dongbo, a senior health official, told reporters the city could not calm down completely and needed to keep its economy going.
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As the metropolis has stepped up quarantine efforts and punishes workplaces that flout regulations — with more districts implementing work-from-home rules — Shanghai authorities have resisted Shanghai’s COVID lockdowns.
Instead, residents were asked to report if they thought they might have visited the same places as those infected with the virus.
Beijing has ordered rounds of mass testing – like other Chinese cities – and limited travel, advising residents to avoid traveling between city districts.
Leaders also banned indoor dining and closed schools and tourist sites.
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Alternatively, in China’s largest city, the government is slowly easing pandemic measures.
On Wednesday, Shanghai closed the makeshift hospital at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition And Convention Center.
The move comes after the city reopened four of its 20 subway lines over the weekend.
While some residents have been allowed to shop, most restaurants and businesses are closed, with people working from home.
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Shanghai’s strict “zero-COVID” strategy has been criticized internationally, particularly after reports of food and medicine shortages during weeks of strict quarantines.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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