Beijing to continue strict anti-virus measures; negative nucleic acid test result needed to enter airport after May Day holiday

A staff member checks the nucleic acid test results of customers outside a Walmart store in Beijing, capital of China, May 1, 2022. A negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours is required to enter public venues during the Labor Day holiday in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Starting from Thursday, the first working day after the May Day holiday, the Beijing Capital International Airport will require all people show a negative nucleic acid test result taken within seven days to enter the terminals.

Beijing reported 51 new COVID-19 positive cases and 11 asymptomatic cases on Tuesday, covering six districts. The capital also revealed three more high-risk areas and one medium-risk area on Monday.

As of Monday, the number of locally infected cases in Beijing from the recent outbreak had reached 400.

The city began three days of mass COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, covering 12 districts out of its total of 16, including all major urban districts.

Beijing has implemented strict control and prevention measures during the May Day holiday.

To curb virus transmission, municipal authorities are requiring that all residents present a negative nucleic acid test result taken within the past 48 hours if they wish to enter public places, including scenic areas, hotels and homestays, during the five-day May Day holiday that began on Saturday. Dine-in services have been halted at all restaurants in the city from Sunday to Wednesday, although they may provide food for delivery.

Nucleic acid test results of environmental samples collected from 3,320 sites across Beijing metros showed negative after positive cases in the recent COVID-19 outbreak reportedly took some subway lines.

Two new COVID-19 cases in the Dongcheng district on Monday had been traced to Beijing’s Universal Studios resort. The resort has suspended operation temporarily since May 1.

Sales of food takeout soared as Beijing halted dine-in services at restaurants. Beijing announced the suspension on Saturday after multiple infections were linked to restaurants around the city.

According to the latest statistics from food delivery platforms, orders for food delivery during the May Day holiday have increased by 30 percent.

At the same time, the platforms have ensured the dining needs of Beijing residents by increasing the delivery capacity, increasing the number of prepared dishes, and opening the in-store pickup services.

Global Times

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