BEIJING — China’s capital has sealed off a top media school after a suspected case of Covid-19 was found among students, raising public concerns about on-campus transmission. China Communication University, a media school famous for tutoring famous TV presenters, imposed a closed-loop management system from 5 p.m. Friday, according to a university statement released Saturday.
The 14,000-student facility, located in the eastern suburbs of Beijing, is the latest educational institution to fall victim to the highly transmissible virus. Two other schools in the capital reported 14 new cases on the same day, all under quarantine, the Beijing Health Commission said.
Intensified Covid-19 control measures ahead of the crucial Party Congress scheduled for mid-October put the reins on the world’s second-largest economy.
The National Health Commission on Thursday announced plans to minimize resident travel during the Mid-Autumn Festival this weekend and the National Day holiday in October, which are normally key times for domestic tourism.
The virus is sweeping through 28 of China’s 31 provinces, based on the latest figures released by the commission on Saturday.
Tibet, Sichuan in the southwest and Heilongjiang province in the northeast remain the epicentres. They account for almost half of the total number of infections in China. The country reported a total of 1,233 new local cases on September 9, keeping the numbers above 1,000 a day for more than a month now as Beijing struggles to contain outbreaks.
Megacity Chengdu, home to 21 million people in Sichuan province, extended a week-long lockdown this week, making it the biggest city to shut down since Shanghai’s deadly two-month lockdown earlier this week. year. China’s strict Covid-Zero policy is being tested by food supply constraints and utility capacity. An overload of test requests crashed local health code apps in Chengdu, local media reported.
The city of Yibin, about a three-hour drive from Chengdu, also imposed lockdowns in some key neighborhoods from Friday evening. The city government told residents to stay at home and rolled out massive testing to prevent further spread. Meanwhile, the city of Zunyi in a neighboring province also announced three-day restrictions in the city center starting Saturday morning. BLOOMBERG