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The Beijing Municipal Health Commission considered this Saturday (12.26.2020) that the situation of prevention and control of the pandemic in the capital is “serious and complicated”, after six new cases have been detected in recent days, at time that recommended avoiding leaving the city and holding large meetings.

Health authorities also advise not to travel outside the capital, unless necessary, during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, which this year falls on February 12.

The commission reported that on Friday two new confirmed cases were detected in the Shunyi district, northeast of the capital.

One of the cases is that of a 31-year-old woman from Hebei province who works in a convenience store for fresh and frozen products in Zhangxizhuang village, in that Beijing district, and whose condition is mild.

The other case involves a 29-year-old woman from the northeastern province of Liaoning, who also currently lives in Shunyi district and works for a US technology multinational.

More cases detected
The commission indicated that epidemiological investigations have been carried out on these two cases and the necessary control measures have been implemented, which, according to residents of the neighborhood, include the isolation of a residential complex in Shunyi, a district that houses an exclusive area of the capital where many wealthy expatriate families live.

On Friday , the asymptomatic case of an Asian Airlines employee residing in Beijing, who returned from South Korea and had previously quarantined for two weeks, was also detected.

These cases are added to another detected last Thursday of a hospitality employee in the central district of Xicheng , where Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of the Chinese Government, is located, and which has led to covid tests on all restaurant and restaurant workers. cold chain of that area, with 1 million and a half inhabitants.

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Isolations and Restrictions
The capital also registered two other cases last week in what is known as the 798 art district, in the north of the city, which led to the isolation of a hotel and some residential complexes.

Those cases were the first registered in the Chinese capital after several months without any new contagion at the local level.

The Beijing government has urged companies not to organize business trips outside the capital and also recommended that citizens not leave the city during the Lunar New Year festivities, as well as schools and companies to stagger their vacation period.

The city’s deputy mayor, Chen Bei, said that Beijing will review the regulations for holding events and will not organize large gatherings such as sports or cultural events.

Cinemas, bookstores, museums and entertainment venues should operate at 75 percent capacity, said Chen, who also urged railways, airlines, airports and stations to strictly implement disinfection measures and temperature controls.

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