Coronavirus: China has recorded new deaths from Covid-19 for the first time in 6 months
- Alex Penley
- BBC News
Chinese authorities have recorded new deaths from the coronavirus for the first time in six months, amid warnings that the capital Beijing is facing its most difficult time since the pandemic began.
Three deaths have been reported in Beijing since Tuesday, bringing the official death toll in the country to 5,229.
Chinese policies known as “zero Covid” have sparked rare protests in the country.
The controversial strategy includes imposing closures on millions and requiring citizens who test positive to comply with quarantine.
Officials imposed a lockdown in Haidian District in the capital Beijing, including shops, schools and restaurants. Three million people have been asked to stay at home.
Those traveling to the capital must undergo a virus detection test for the first three days of their visit and will not be allowed to leave the capital before receiving approval.
Beijing, a city of more than 21 million people, reported 316 new COVID-19 cases as of 3 p.m. Monday, Reuters reported.
Liu Xiaofeng, deputy director of the Beijing City Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said the situation in the city is complex and serious, according to the agency.
Another official also warned that Beijing faces “a grim and complicated situation in the process of disease control and prevention,” according to China Daily.
China says it has seen fewer deaths compared to other countries due to the “zero Covid” policy, although it is thought the real number could be much higher.
There have been reports of delays in emergency treatment of the seriously injured, in lockdown areas or in quarantine centers.
There has been a wave of outrage on social media in recent days following reports of the death of a little girl due to delays in her medical care amid Covid restrictions.
Angry protests erupted in the western city of Lanzhou after a man said the delay in getting his son hospitalized contributed to his death.
On the other hand, it was announced that Hong Kong Governor John Lee’s virus test result was positive a day after he met Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit that brought them together in Thailand.
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