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Beijing confines half a million rural residents

Less than a week after cutting all links with the city of Shijiazhuang, the Chinese authorities isolated 500,000 inhabitants of a rural area near the capital on Monday. A new source of concern for Beijing, which is due to receive a WHO delegation on Thursday.

Less than a week after cutting all links with the city of Shijiazhuang, the Chinese authorities isolated 500,000 inhabitants of a rural area near the capital on Monday. A new source of concern for Beijing, which is due to receive a WHO delegation on Thursday.

(AFP) The bad news follow one another for Beijing, which ordered the containment in quick succession of an entire city on January 6 and then of half a million inhabitants in rural areas on Monday. The country is sending worrying signals as it prepares to host a delegation from the World Health Organization on Thursday.

The team of ten experts will look into the origin of Covid-19, the first proven cases of which had been declared on Chinese soil. While China has largely contained the epidemic since the spring of 2020, it has regularly seen small outbreaks resurface. It treats them in particular with confinements, massive screening and tracking of movements.

This time, it is in villages located in Shunyi, a district of the municipality of Beijing that new cases have been declared. 32 patients have been confirmed by the municipality since December 19. 500,000 inhabitants were therefore confined to the approximately 21 million in the capital. They will not be able to travel outside the borough until the massive new screening currently underway is completed.

Chinese health experts have not yet identified the source of this epidemic focus. However, it is much more modest than that of June-July 2020 in Beijing, during which more than 300 patients with Covid-19 had been recorded.

But authorities intend to avoid any further infection as the Lunar New Year approaches (February 11-17), which typically results in the world’s largest human migration, with stations and airports crowded for days or even weeks. . The municipality of Beijing has already canceled the major festive events planned during the holidays and called on residents not to leave the city to avoid any spread of the coronavirus.


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