Covid-19 in China: latest Beijing outbreak ‘easing’ after millions tested
- Cluster linked to Heaven Supermarket bar emerged days after the city had begun lifting curbs
- Government spokesperson says the ‘swift and decisive measures have shown their effect’
The flare-up emerged just days after Beijing started to lift widespread curbs that had been in place for more than a month to tackle a broader outbreak in the city.
“After eight days of hard fighting and the concerted efforts of Beijing residents in the battle, the swift and decisive measures have shown their effect,” Beijing city government spokesperson Xu Hejian said.
“The Heaven Supermarket bar outbreak is easing, but the possibility of hidden infections in communities still exists,” Xu told a news briefing.
The outbreak is tiny by global standards, with a total of 351 cases since it started on June 9, but it has raised new questions about China’s “dynamic Covid-zero” strategy that aims to eliminate transmission in communities.