(UnitedVoice.com) – China has imposed draconian lockdowns on Shanghai over the last two months as the government tries to prevent a new wave of COVID-19 cases. Now there’s a possibility those in the country’s capital might share a similar fate — and that’s leading to panic.
According to mutliple reports, Chinese authorities ordered 3.5 million workers and residents in Beijing’s Chaoyang district to report for COVID-19 tests. The order came after the communist country reported that 26 of the 46 cases of coronavirus in the capital city came from there. Beijing residents began panic buying at supermarkets on Monday, April 25, to try to stock up on food and avoid the shortages that were seen in Shanghai.
Beijing kicks off three rounds of COVID testing for all residents of its biggest district Chaoyang after dozens of cases were reported, prompting people to stock up on food over fears of an eventual strict Shanghai-style lockdown https://t.co/tjE90I32O0 pic.twitter.com/PoLLd23iQa
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While residents were flooding supermarkets, Beijing authorities said they were expanding testing to 15 other districts in the city. Lockdowns were also imposed on residential buildings in one section of the city. The central China city of Anyang, and Dandong, a city that borders North Korea, have also locked down.
The Chinese Communist Party has a zero-COVID policy. That means every case of the illness is taken seriously and the government rapidly implements lockdowns when cases pop up — no matter the toll it takes on residents.
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