Beijing closes more sites to fight virus | Northern Beaches Review

Beijing has closed more gyms, malls, cinemas and apartment buildings, as Chinese authorities step up contact tracing to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, while resentment over the draconian lockdown of a month in Shanghai continued to grow.

In the financial hub, fenced-in people in various neighborhoods protested the lockdown and difficulties in getting supplies by banging on pots and pans in the evening, according to a Reuters witness and residents.

A video shared on social media, the authenticity of which could not immediately be verified, showed a woman warning people via a megaphone not to do so, saying such gestures were encouraged by “strangers “.

The Shanghai government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the capital, Chaoyang district, the first to undergo mass testing this week, began the last of three rounds of testing among its 3.5 million residents on Friday.

Most other districts are due for their third round of testing on Saturday.

Chaoyang, which accounts for the largest share of cases in Beijing’s current outbreak, stepped up measures to curb transmissions by saying more neighborhoods were at risk.

People who had recently visited sites in these areas received text messages telling them to stay put until they got their test results.

Additional buildings were sealed and some spas, KTV lounges, gymnasiums, cinemas and libraries, and at least two shopping centers closed on Friday, while couriers and food delivery staff were refused entry to some residential complexes .

Beijing reported 49 cases on April 28, down from 50 the day before.

Shanghai reported 52 new deaths from COVID-19 on April 28, up from 47 a day earlier, the local government said Friday.

It recorded 9,545 new asymptomatic cases on April 28, up from 9,330 a day earlier, while symptomatic cases rose to 5,487 from 1,292.

While some delivery bottlenecks have been eased in the city, criticism of the government has continued to grow, particularly over government food supplies.

Residents in some districts complain that their rations have been less frequent than in others, taking to social media to compare deliveries.

Australian Associated Press

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