Some residents worked from home, and many stocked up on food to avoid being detained indoors, as has happened in many cities, including the Shanghai Financial Center. The city of Anyang in central China and Dandong on the border with North Korea were the last to start the blockade as the Omicron variant spreads across a huge country with a population of 1.4 billion people.
Shanghai, which was blocked for more than two weeksreported more than 19,000 new infections and 51 deaths in the last 24 hours, contributing to growth the death toll has been announced from the current outbreak to 138.
Residents of Beijing snatched rice, noodles, vegetables and other food items as long queues formed in supermarkets and store workers hastily filled some empty shelves. State media reported that supplies remained abundant despite rising purchases.
Buyers looked worried, but not yet panicked. One woman, carrying two bags of vegetables, eggs and frozen dumplings, said she was buying a little more than usual. The man said he was not worried, but just careful, because he has a 2-year-old daughter.
Beijing health officials said 29 new cases had been detected 24 hours before 16 hours on Monday, bringing the total to 70 since Friday.
The city ordered mass testing in the vast Chaoyang area, where 46 cases were found. 3.5 million Chaoyang residents as well as people working in the area are to be surveyed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In Chaoyang, test sites were set up at night and in the morning in residential complexes and office buildings across the district. Residents and workers lined up at temporary open stations to quickly make a throat swab of workers in full protective clothing. Testing is free.
“I think Beijing is all right,” Gao Haiyan said, waiting in line for a Covid-19 test. “Based on my community’s preliminary response, I think that if an emergency arises, security can be guaranteed. In addition, there were lessons we learned from other cities. I think we can prepare well. “
Shanghai stopped under strict closure, forcing residents to unite to deliver food through group shopping. In the port of Shanghai, goods have accumulated, affecting supply and production in factories and holding back economic growth.
Beijing has blocked residents in the area about 2 by 3 kilometers (1 by 2 miles), telling them to work from home and stay in their residential buildings. It was not a complete closure, but cinemas, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues were ordered to close.
Elsewhere, the city also closed some or all of the buildings in the five residential complexes, adding others that were closed on Sunday.