China begins mass testing in Beijing’s largest district after raising alarm over undetected spread of Covid

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Beijing authorities will require people who reside or work in Chaoyang, the city’s main business district, to undergo three Covid-19 tests this week starting Monday, a move that comes after local authorities sounded the bell. alarm that the virus had been spreading undetected in the Chinese capital for a week.

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According to According to the Chinese National Health Commission, 19 new cases of Covid-19 were reported Monday in Beijing, including five asymptomatic.

The majority of cases in the capital have been detected in its largest district, Chaoyang, home to 3.45 million people and also home to several foreign embassies and businesses.

The city has reported 47 new Covid infections since Saturday – both symptomatic and asymptomatic – prompting targeted closures of specific apartment buildings in the city.

City schools remain open but authorities have ordered a ban on all group activities and gatherings, including education programs, arts and sports, CNBC reported.

The rise in cases comes as China is in the midst of its worst Covid-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic – which has already led to record cases and a nearly month-long lockdown in its financial hub from Shanghai.

This is a developing story.

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