Beijing launched on Friday January 22 a massive screening of its inhabitants after a few cases of Covid, some of them linked to the English variant, leading to the formation of impressive queues in the streets of the Chinese capital.
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The two central districts of Dongcheng and Xicheng, where Tiananmen Square and countless government buildings are located, have announced that they want to test all their residents and workers - at least 2 million people - in two days.
China, where the epidemic appeared at the end of 2019, has largely contained it since last spring, thanks to confinements, movement monitoring, drastic screening of people coming from abroad and screening.
Only one death has been recorded since May.
But small outbreaks have emerged in the north of the country in recent weeks.
Beijing has registered 19 patients with Covid-19 in the past seven days.
Some are linked to the English variant of the coronavirus, which is more contagious.
On the Weibo social network, several Pekingese have reported "
Xicheng authorities said on Friday that some Covid-19 patients had passed through the district and that "
the increased risk of an import
" of the coronavirus into the area justified the screening in progress.
The municipality of Beijing, the heart of political power, is extremely cautious as the Lunar New Year holidays approach (February 11-17).
These usually cause massive influxes into the transportations of hundreds of millions of people returning to their homes for the holiday, the most important of the year in the country.
In the district of Daxing (south of Beijing), the authorities had already banned 1.6 million inhabitants from leaving the city and confined a little more than 20,000 people in residential areas.
At the national level, the Ministry of Health reported on Friday 103 new patients with Covid-19, including six in Shanghai (eastern China) and three in Beijing.
The majority of the remaining cases were recorded in the northeastern provinces of the country.