A further 36 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded ion the capital yesterday, bringing the total of new transmissions since June 12 to 79. After hope that the country had eradicated the virus, China has now been forced the implement urgent measures in a desperate attempt to stop a second wave of coronavirus wreaking havoc across the country. It has been reported that Chinese authorities have raised the pandemic response lebel in the whole of Beijing to level two, this means that people will have to be tested for the virus before being allowed to leave the city.
The decision to close schools and limit people leaving Beijing signals the severity of the growing crisis.
The response by authorities to the latest outbreak can be compared to similar resurgences in Wuhan and in the country’s northeast region.
But in Beijing, the stakes are much higher.
The capital is the powerhouse of the nation’s economy and its political centre.
If the centre doesn’t hold many in the leadership fear that they will not be able to resurrect the country’s economy in the post-pandemic era.
More to follow…