Beijing eases Covid measures as fears of epidemic persist

On Saturday, Liu Xiaofeng, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Center for Disease Prevention and Control, told a press conference that the city’s overall epidemic situation was improving. But he warned that “decisive action” was needed to avoid a resurgence in cases.

Authorities said there were six confirmed cases in Beijing on Sunday and 86 reported nationwide, up from more than 29,000 new daily infections at the height of this year’s outbreak in mid-April. The majority of cases during the peak occurred in Shanghai.

It’s unclear how long the relief could last, with cases resurfacing in Shanghai as it struggles to reopen after two months of severe lockdown. The city reported three local community infections on Sunday, prompting health officials to issue a warning to its 25 million residents.

“The risk of an epidemic rebound still exists,” Wu Jinglei, Shanghai’s health commissioner, said at a press briefing on Sunday. “We can’t relax yet, but we have to be very vigilant. »

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