Beijing authorities announced Tuesday that all schools and universities would be shut down as the city grapples with a new coronavirus outbreak.
The Chinese capital also announced new restrictions on travel and public gatherings. The decision to close schools and limit travel indicates that officials are taking a more targeted approach to controlling the outbreak, according to Bloomberg. The move comes amid concerns over rapid growth in new coronavirus cases in Beijing and neighboring provinces.
Beijing has reported 79 new cases in the past four days, according to China’s National Health Commission, and the total reported number of infections has reached 106 amid the new wave. (RELATED: Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Could Have Been Prevented’ If Not For China’s Coronavirus Cover-Up, House GOP Report Finds)
Beijing reported its first case since April last week, and authorities said they were monitoring the city’s Xicheng and Fengtai districts. The reported cases were linked to Xinfadi, a wholesale food market that supplies most of Beijing’s produce and sees tens of thousands of visitors daily.
Beijing’s municipal government stated Sunday that the city has the ability to test over 90,000 people a day. Tens of thousands in Beijing have already undergone nucleic acid testing, state-owned publication The People’s Daily reported Monday.
Zeng Guang, a senior expert at the National Health Commission, told The Beijing News that a “mild second wave” is expected before eventually being contained. “Beijing will not be the second Wuhan,” he said.