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Beijing extends work-from-home order as Covid-19 cases rise

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 23rd May, 2022 08:21:21 PM
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Beijing on Monday extended its work from home orders after the Chinese capital reported its biggest daily tally of Covid-19 cases , sparking fears of a full lockdown, Hindustan Times reported.

Beijing reported 99 Covid-19 cases on Monday for Sunday, which was up from a previous daily average of around 50, pushing the total caseload over 1,400 in the ongoing month-long outbreak.

Technically, Beijing is not under a lockdown but wide-ranging restrictions like the closure of public transport, taxi services and public venues in many areas along with the ban on in-restaurant dining means that the majority of residents have remained mostly homebound.

Residents of at least five of the city’s 16 districts have been asked to work from home and avoid gatherings as local health authorities desperately try to avoid a situation like in Shanghai, which has logged hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 cases and more than 560 deaths in the outbreak since March.

Those who have to go to work should have a negative result on a PCR test taken within 48 hours, and must not deviate from their home-to-work commute, the Beijing municipal government said.

Many residential communities across the city, and especially in the five districts, have been asked to restrict the entry of non-residents into the compounds, and courier companies, for example, have been asked to gather at designated places outside the compound to make the deliveries.

More people in the city of 25 million were allowed outside their homes over the weekend as the city authorities gradually lift a months-long lockdown.

The plan is to fully reopen the city June 1 onwards, the municipal government has said.

Restrictions, however, continue in many areas of the city as health authorities try to weed out remaining infections.