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Beijing begins new round of Covid tests as Shanghai postpones crucial exams

China's capital, Beijing has shut down more bus routes and metro stations as it seeks to avert the fate of Shanghai, where millions of residents have been locked down for more than a month

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The number of infections in Shanghai outside areas under lockdown -- a gauge of whether the city can further reopen -- fell to 18 on Friday from 23 the day before.

on Saturday began a fresh round of mass testing for and has also postponed Shanghai's Gaokao University entrance exam till early July.

China's capital, has shut down more bus routes and metro stations as it seeks to avert the fate of Shanghai, where millions of residents have been locked down for more than a month, reported the Taipei Times.

The draconian movement curbs on Shanghai, an economic and financial hub, have caused frustration among its 25 million residents and triggered rare protests over issues such as access to food and medical care as well as loss of income.

While some people have been let out for light and air in recent weeks, residents for the most part say they still cannot leave their housing compounds, reported Taipei Times.

In an announcement, postponed the city's Gaokao University entrance exam to early July. It took place in June last year and the last time it was postponed was in 2020, during the initial virus outbreak, reported Taipei Times.

Chinese Communist Party Committee Secretary of Li Qiang, a close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, told a government meeting on Friday that it was "necessary to issue military orders at all levels, and take more resolute and powerful actions to overcome the great war and great tests," an official statement said.

The number of infections in outside areas under -- a gauge of whether the city can further reopen -- fell to 18 on Friday from 23 the day before. Total new cases declined slightly to about 4,000, data released yesterday showed.

Shanghai is also building thousands of permanent polymerase chain reaction testing stations, in line with other cities, as China looks to make regular testing a feature of everyday life, reported Taipei Times.

China's COVID-19 policy is increasingly out of step with much of the rest of the world, where governments have eased restrictions, or dropped them altogether, in a bid to "live with COVID-19" even as infections spread.

is striving to avoid an explosion in cases like that of Shanghai by conducting rounds of mass testing, banning restaurant dining-in services in multiple districts and shutting more than 60 subway stations, about 15 per cent of the network.

It launched the first of three new rounds of daily testing in its biggest district, Chaoyang, home to embassies and large offices, and said residents in other areas where cases had been reported needed to take tests on the weekend, reported Taipei Times.

The city reported 45 new symptomatic COVID-19 cases for Friday, down from 55 cases a day earlier. It recorded eight asymptomatic cases, which China counts separately, versus 17 a day earlier.

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First Published: Sun, May 08 2022. 06:17 IST
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