As China’s capital gradually returns to normal with inflections lowering, Beijing would loosen COVID-19 restrictions by permitting inside meals, state media reported on Sunday.
After two months of excruciating lockdowns to contain breakouts of the Omicron variety, Beijing and Shanghai’s commercial hub Shanghai have started returning to normal in recent days.
The Beijing Daily said that dine-in service will return in Beijing on Monday, with the exception of the Fengtai area and some parts of the Changping District. Since early May, takeout has been prohibited in restaurants and bars.
According to the newspaper, normal work will resume on Monday, and traffic restrictions will be lifted in most sections of Beijing. Some employees have been required to work from home in some places.
As part of efforts to standardize COVID testing, residents will be required to present a PRC test done within 72 hours to enter public spaces and ride public transportation, according to the newspaper.
According to the local administration, Beijing has recorded 16 new local symptomatic cases, up from five the day before, and three new local asymptomatic cases, up from one.
According to local government data, Shanghai reported six new local symptomatic cases, up from five the day before, and 16 new local asymptomatic cases, up from nine the day before.
Mainland According to the National Health Commission, China registered 162 daily coronavirus cases, 56 of which were symptomatic and 106 of which were asymptomatic. This compared to 171 additional cases a day earlier, with 46 symptomatic and 125 asymptomatic cases counted separately in China.
There were no additional deaths, bringing the total number of people killed in the country to 5,226. Mainland China had confirmed 224,310 cases with symptoms as of Saturday.