Beijing extends work-from-home order as cases of COVID-19 rise


BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has extended stay-at-home orders for workers and students and ordered additional large-scale testing on Monday as COVID-19 cases rise again in the city.

The situation is far less severe than in Shanghai, where millions of citizens have been under various levels of lockdown for two months, but many residential complexes in the Chinese capital have restricted movement in and out.

Beijing reported Monday that it had increased from an average of about 50 cases per day to 99 cases per day.

China reported a total of 802 new cases on Monday, a steady decline interrupted by small-scale local outbreaks. Nevertheless, the government has implemented strict quarantine, lockdown and testing measures following a “Zero-COVID” approach.Even while the outside world is open.

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