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Beijing reported 21 positive COVID-19 infections from 4 pm on Saturday to 4 pm on Sunday, including 16 confirmed cases and five silent carriers across five districts,…reports Asian Lite News

China’s capital city Beijing is on high COVID-19 alert after the city recorded 21 new community cases in the last 24 hours on Sunday.

Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing municipal disease prevention and control center had said that undetected local transmissions started in the city about a week ago, and involved schools, tour groups and families.

“There were hidden transmissions for a week and the infected people came from different backgrounds and a wide range of activities,” Pang said on April 22.

“Beijing reported 21 positive COVID-19 infections from 4 pm on Saturday to 4 pm on Sunday, including 16 confirmed cases and five silent carriers across five districts,” Global Times reported today.

On Monday, the Beijing municipal government issued a notice encouraging local residents to avoid travel and stay put during the holidays, as the travel rush could increase the risk of accelerating virus transmission, as per Global Times.

China’s much-publicised ‘zero-covid’ strategy that the government credited for bringing the country out of the pandemic till recently is falling apart as the rapidly mounting cases are again forcing mass lockdowns like those seen in 2020.

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