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Thousands of quarantines after a person breaks the Covid rule in Beijing, China

Shanghai, the commercial center of China, has announced plans to resume operations on June 1. (File)

Beijing:

Peking Man ignored orders at home and later tested positive for COVID-19 before landing thousands of neighbors in quarantine and urging police investigations.

The Chinese capital has ordered hundreds of thousands of residents to stay home over the past five weeks to curb the outbreak of the largest coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

Officials said Sunday that a man in his 40s, named Sun, did not comply with the quarantine requirements given after visiting a shopping center considered “high risk.”

“During the quarantine of the house, he … went out and walked around the neighborhood many times,” said Beijing public security official Pan Shu-hong.

Sun and his wife later tested positive and urged authorities to detain 5,000 neighbors at home and send 250 to the government’s quarantine center.

That’s because authorities began to ease virus regulations in Beijing on Monday by reopening parks, museums and cinemas and declaring that they were curbing outbreaks.

China is sticking to its zero-corona strategy of hard lockdown, mass testing, and a long quarantine period to clear the cluster when it emerges.

There are severe penalties for breaking the rules, and Sun is currently under police investigation.

Beijing’s Omicron fuel cluster has experienced more than 1,700 infections since late April. This is negligible by global standards, but there is a problem with China’s rigorous approach to viruses.

The number of cases has decreased sharply in the past week.

“For two days, no new incidents have been found in society (outside the quarantine center),” said Xu Kawama, a spokesman for the Beijing government.

“The situation is stable and improving … but the risk of rebound still exists.”

Most bus, subway and taxi services in the three most populous districts of the capital went back on Monday and millions of people were told to return to work.

Several Tai Chi practitioners and locals enjoyed the mild weather in the reopened downtown park.

Zhou Zhiruo, a civil servant who brought a five-year-old child, said, “I think we are waiting for a new incident before many people come out.”

Schools remain closed and Beijing still needs a negative COVID-19 test to enter public facilities, including supermarkets.

Shanghai, the commercial center of China, has announced plans to resume operations on June 1. This was almost two months after all economic activity stopped due to the blockade of the entire city.

The city “removed unreasonable restrictions and abandoned the company’s work and production approval system,” Deputy Mayor Uchin told a news briefing on Sunday.

Wu has announced a number of steps to support Shanghai’s virus-infected economy, including reducing property taxes, subsidizing gas and electricity for businesses, and increasing lending to small businesses to banks.

Residents who were allowed to leave the house for several hours on the weekend when Shanghai began to slowly reopen were seen getting haircuts and massages on the sidewalk.

Beijing reported 12 while the city reported 66 infections on Monday.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from the Syndicate Feed.)

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