China’s capital has raised its emergency level as dozens of new coronavirus cases emerged and residents were barred from any “unessential” travel outside Beijing following a new outbreak of the virus that is yet to be brought under control. Hundreds of flights were cancelled, schools suspended and all residential compounds ordered to reinstate strict screening after authorities raised the city’s four-tiered Covid-19 emergency response level from three to two on Tuesday evening. All movement in and out of the city will be strictly controlled, officials said at the briefing. Authorities reported 31 new cases of the virus in Beijing as of Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 137 over the past six days. The new outbreak, linked to a sprawling wholesale food market in the south-eastern district of Fengtai, has spread to nine of the city’s 17 districts. On Tuesday, at least 1,255 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled, according to state media. Chen Bei, the deputy secretary general of the Beijing municipal government, said: “Beijing faces serious danger of imported cases and spread in the city and the country.” Officials stopped short of ordering businesses and factories to shut under the new emergency level, which had been… Read full this story
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