Workers are building a temporary COVID quarantine facility on a residential street just south of the central business district in Beijing.

Green tents can be seen in a park a few kilometers north. They could be used to house epidemic control staff. 

A conference center has been transformed into a makeshift hospital.

According to Bloomberg News, the building of makeshift camps shows Beijing’s preparation to curb the city’s outbreak. The capital city of 22 million reported 1,611 new COVID cases on November 23.

Makeshift quarantine sites are also quickly built in the Chaoyang district. 

Apartment buildings across the district have been shuttered, bringing the area closer to a lockdown.

According to Reuters, Beijing authorities ordered the 3.5 million Chaoyang district residents to stay home from November 21. 

Residents have since then been required not to leave Chaoyang or Beijing unless absolutely necessary.

The district’s grocery outlets have stopped taking orders. Meanwhile, supermarket delivery services like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Freshippo and Walmart Inc.’s Sam’s Club ran out of delivery capacity on November 24.
China announced its first Covid-19 fatalities in six months last weekend when three people died in Beijing.

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