Beijing steps up COVID-19 response amid most severe outbreak since March

Clay Curtis
January 20, 2021

The clip also shows the officer telling his colleagues "to tie him tightly" as they appear to punish the senior citizen for flouting draconian quarantine rules.

China reported more than 100 new Covid-19 cases for the sixth consecutive day yesterday, with rising infections in the north-east fuelling concerns of another national wave when hundreds of millions travel for the Chinese New Year holiday.

An official from Gaocheng confirmed the authenticity of the footage to local reporters. However, he declined to provide further comments.

Workers in protective suits are pictured spraying disinfectant on a street in Gaocheng district in Hebei Province on January 15.

Beijing, where some residential communities and outlying villages have been placed under lockdown, reported just one new case.

"The super-spreading phenomenon occurred in our province mainly because when the super-spreader was discovered, he was still in the early phase of his infection and had relatively strong ability to shed the virus", Zhao Qinglong, an official with the Jilin provincial disease control and prevention centre, told state-run news agency Xinhua, which overseas media reported.

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Beijing | Hundreds of workers, who take turns 24 hours a day, were busy Tuesday in China to assemble in a few days a giant quarantine center meant to fight against an outbreak of COVID 300 km south of Beijing.

Millions of people have been under lockdown in recent days as some northern cities undergo mass testing for the novel coronavirus amid worries that undetected infections could spread quickly during the Lunar New Year holiday, which is just weeks away.

The total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China stands at 88,227, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,635.

That figure was down from 135 cases a day earlier, China's National Health Commission said on Saturday. China does not include people who test positive but have no symptoms in its count.

A team of experts from World Health Organization are quarantined in Wuhan ahead of beginning field visits aiming to shed light on the origins of the virus that is thought to have jumped to humans from animals, possibly bats.

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