Beijing State media reported Tuesday (May 3) a 1,000-bed hospital at Xiaotangshan in the northeastern suburbs built for the 2003 SARS outbreak has been refurbished to deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases in case it is needed.
Unofficial reports online say thousands of beds have been prepared in a centralized quarantine center near the airport, but state media has not confirmed those preparations in what could be an attempt to avoid stoking public fears.
New COVID-19 cases in Beijing have remained steady, with another 62 recorded on Monday (May 2), 11 of them showing no symptoms, up just slightly from about 50 per day over the weekend.
Beijing has ordered restaurants and gyms closed for the May Day national holiday that runs through Wednesday, while major tourist sites in the city, including the Forbidden City and the Beijing Zoo, will close their indoor exhibition halls starting Tuesday.
Another three rounds of testing have been ordered for most of the city’s 21 million people starting Tuesday, following a similar