torsdag 18. juni 2020

Hundreds of Beijing flights canceled after coronavirus resurgence

Hundreds of flights in and out of Beijing were canceled on Wednesday as authorities stepped up measures to rein in a sudden outbreak of coronavirus in the Chinese capital, placing it under a so-called "soft lockdown". On Wednesday, Beijing reported 31 new Covid-19 cases for the previous day, bringing the total number of infections over the past six days to 137.

The flare-up, linked to the city's largest wholesale food market, Xinfadi, is the worst coronavirus resurgence in China since the initial epidemic was largely brought under control in March. The latest outbreak has already spread to nine of Beijing's 16 districts and four other provinces, not only in neighboring Hebei, but also Liaoning in the northeast, Sichuan in the southwest and Zhejiang on the country's eastern coast.