Beijing shuts all schools as new Covid-19 cases rise

Beijing, China — The capital of China, Beijing is forced to close down schools again as new Covid-19 cases increases.

It has been two months since Beijing reported new infections of Covid-19, however on 16 June, China’s National Health Commission confirmed that the number of new Covid-19 cases in Beijing has risen to 106.

The authorities informed that from today onwards, all primary and high schools will be closed down again. With this, Beijing also increased its Covid-19 emergency response from level 2 to level 3. Travelling outside of the country has also been banned unless for necessarry purposes.

While the city is in lockdown again, if the requirement for anyone to leave Beijing arises, they will have to be tested for the virus before leaving the region.

The new Covid-19 cases have been linked to a market that is claimed to be the biggest of its kind in Asia, the Beijing’s Xinfadi wholesome market. Due to the outbreak, authorities have now closed 11 food markets and sanitised around 300 others.

Covid-19 first broke out in Wuhan during December last year. The city plans to test its entire population of 11,000,000 people after new cases of the virus were found in May.