Beijing authorities on Wednesday shut down transport links including underground railway stations and bus routes in its campaign to stop the spread of Covid-19 and avoid the fate of Shanghai where millions of residents have been under strict lockdown for more than a month.
Beijing reported 46 new symptomatic coronavirus cases for Tuesday, down from 51 cases a day earlier, state television said on Wednesday.
China’s capital also recorded five asymptomatic cases, versus 11 a day earlier, it said.
Shanghai, meanwhile, reported 16 new Covid-19 deaths on May 3, down from 20 a day earlier, the local government said on Wednesday.
The city reported 4,722 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases for Tuesday, versus 5,395 a day earlier, the authority said in a statement.
Confirmed symptomatic cases stood at 260, down from 274 in the previous day, it said.
China’s uncompromising battle against the coronavirus, believed to have emerged in a market in the city of Wuhan in late 2019, in the form of strict lockdowns is undermining its economic growth and hurting the international companies invested there.
Major Taiwanese Apple supplier Foxconn said on Wednesday that it is continuing production in China’s Zhengzhou, 800km northwest of Shanghai.
The city in Henan province announced on Tuesday it would impose new Covid-19-related movement curbs until May 10.
“Our park has maintained production unchanged,” it said in a statement, referring to the industrial area where its facilities are located.
- Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell
Note: This report has been updated to reflect Beijing’s closure of rail and bus routes.