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Beijing covid cases remain elevated after doubling over weekend

Beijing reported 3,860 new infections for Sunday, below the 4,245 cases the day before. The caseload has swelled from just over 400 two weeks ago, to 2,576 on Friday, according to a Bloomberg News tally.

November 28, 2022 / 07:19 AM IST
China COVID-19

China COVID-19

Covid-19 cases in China’s capital remain elevated, after almost doubling at the weekend, as opposition to the government’s hardcore containment regime explodes onto the streets.

Beijing reported 3,860 new infections for Sunday, below the 4,245 cases the day before. The caseload has swelled from just over 400 two weeks ago, to 2,576 on Friday, according to a Bloomberg News tally.

The ongoing outbreak comes as officials enact a web of restrictions to try and prevent Beijingers from moving around. Anxiety in the city -- China’s political heart -- is running high amid concern a full lockdown may be imposed, especially given the current unrest.

Residents in Beijing were filmed Friday defying officials who demanded they enter compulsory isolation, the rule for all Covid cases in China. Protests against the virus regime snowballed across the country through Saturday and Sunday, with demonstrators gathering from the streets of Shanghai and a college campus in Nanjing, to the remote northwest Xinjiang region. There were also protests in Beijing last night.