The COVID outbreak in Beijing continues to heat up as the surge in COVID cases has left the streets of this capital city empty. In addition, grocery delivery services are overwhelmed. As a result, swathes of the Chinese capital are under lockdown to varying degrees.
China reaches another record high in daily COVID cases as the country is trying to curb the outbreak.
The city reported 1,854 new cases on November 24, increasing from 1,611 the previous day.
As Bloomberg News reported, delivery apps like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Freshippo, Walmart Inc., and Sam’s Club ran out of capacity as a spike in COVID cases triggered lockdowns across the country.
Chaoyang is Beijing’s biggest district. The district no longer had any grocery outlets that accepted deliveries. Takeout services were suspended at many restaurants.
Makeshift quarantine sites were also quickly built. Some are used to house pandemic control staff.
Students are learning online at home as several schools in Beijing have been shut down.
As a result of the rise in COVID cases, the city of 22 million is suffering from more stringent measures.
However, the restrictions are implemented discretely as officials announced the orders via neighborhood committees and WeChat groups rather than formal orders.