Dozens of Covid cases linked to the Beijing Bar

Beijing has reported 1,997 local Covid cases since April 22

A total of 166 Covid infections in China have been linked to a single bar in the capital Beijing, officials say.

A government spokesman called the outbreak “fierce”.

All residents living in the area where the bar is located will be tested over the next three days.

The number of infections in the city is low by international standards but high for China, which is the only major economy in the world to maintain a “zero Covid” policy.

The outbreak has been traced to a venue called the Heaven Supermarket Bar in the famous Sanlitun entertainment district in Chaoyang district.

Two buildings housing hundreds of people in Chaoyang were placed under strict control on Sunday after a positive case was reported, a member of the residential committee told Reuters news agency.

Some people in Beijing said they received text messages telling them to report to authorities if they had recently visited bars in Sanlitun.

Chinese authorities have reversed the relaxation of some Covid rules in Beijing due to the outbreak.

Most children in the capital will not return to school next week as originally planned, officials said.

The capital has reported 1,997 local Covid cases since April 22.

China’s comprehensive “zero Covid” policy remains in place and people who catch Covid are quarantined or hospitalized.

Their close contacts also face the prospect of being sent back into quarantine and the area immediately around which they live locked down again.

The city of Shanghai, the country’s economic center and global trade hub, recently eased Covid restrictions after a two-month lockdown.

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