China's COVID-hit capital Beijing further tightened its dragnet on the virus with zero community transmission as the target, punishing workplaces that flout rules or circumvent curbs and imploring residents to police their own movements.
Since late April, the city of 22 million has wrestled with dozens of new cases a day. While these have been mostly in quarantine areas, a handful has been found in the community at large, illustrating the challenge the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant poses even to the world's most stringent pandemic containment policies.
Beijing reported 45 new cases for Wednesday, compared with 47 on Tuesday.
China Central Television (CCTV) reported that container handling capacity is at 95%, returning to normalcy.
Meanwhile, Shanghai City Council announced that junior and senior high schools will re-open to students on June 6.
This comes as Shanghai reported 290 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases vs. 343 previous and 48 symptomatic cases for May 25 vs. 44 prior – no. cases outside the quarantined zone.
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