China Suspends Funerals, Closes Schools Amid “Spiraling COVID Infections”
As a fresh wave of “deadly coronavirus infection grips China“, the Xi Jinping administration has shut schools and suspended weddings and funerals in the country’s capital Beijing. As per the city’s Educational bureau, all the schools have been ordered to finish classes by Friday. The move was apparently taken to avoid a Shanghai-like lockdown.
Beijing has ordered mass testing for its 21 million people after Monday’s nucleic acid tests of 3.5 million residents revealed 32 positive cases, while the eastern metropolis of Shanghai has reported 52 more deaths, taking the toll during the current outbreak to 190, officials said.
The Chinese capital, which is battling the spread of the Omicron variant in the city, similar to Shanghai, has ordered mass testing from Tuesday in 11 of its districts, virtually covering all of its 21 million population. The country has reported some 214,243 cases of the deadly viral infection since the pandemic started.
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