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China: Schools, offices, restaurants empty in Beijing as country records first COVID deaths in six months03:02

China: Schools, offices, restaurants empty in Beijing as country records first COVID deaths in six months

China, Beijing
November 21, 2022 at 16:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage shows restaurants, offices, and schools closed in some areas of Beijing on Monday after authorities in China reported the first deaths from COVID-19 in six months, as well as high levels of the virus.

It came the same day as the National Health Commission reported two deaths of COVID-19 patients in the capital, both occurring on Sunday, as well as the death of an 87-year-old man on Saturday.

Some schools moved to online learning, while bars and cafes shut their doors, despite their preparations for the World Cup period.

According to the Commission, 26,824 new cases of infection were reported on Sunday, the highest daily figure since mid-April. It is the sixth consecutive day the country has recorded more than 20,000 cases.

Earlier this month, the Chinese government announced a limited relaxation of its 'zero-Covid' rules. Mass testing and tight restrictions for high-risk areas have been lifted.

China: Schools, offices, restaurants empty in Beijing as country records first COVID deaths in six months03:02
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Footage shows restaurants, offices, and schools closed in some areas of Beijing on Monday after authorities in China reported the first deaths from COVID-19 in six months, as well as high levels of the virus.

It came the same day as the National Health Commission reported two deaths of COVID-19 patients in the capital, both occurring on Sunday, as well as the death of an 87-year-old man on Saturday.

Some schools moved to online learning, while bars and cafes shut their doors, despite their preparations for the World Cup period.

According to the Commission, 26,824 new cases of infection were reported on Sunday, the highest daily figure since mid-April. It is the sixth consecutive day the country has recorded more than 20,000 cases.

Earlier this month, the Chinese government announced a limited relaxation of its 'zero-Covid' rules. Mass testing and tight restrictions for high-risk areas have been lifted.