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Coronavirus resurfaces in Beijing


A worker cleans the glass door to a health center for COVID-19 testing in Beijing on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Ng Han Guan

Coronavirus resurfaces in Beijing

Chinese officials raised the emergency warning in the capital city to the second-highest level and suspended sporting events and other large gatherings on Wednesday. Beijing reported 31 cases of COVID-19 in a new outbreak traced back to a wholesale food market. The government also canceled more than 60 percent of flights into Beijing. The city only reported 21 cases on Thursday.

How are other countries faring? New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern assigned a senior military leader to oversee border quarantine measures after officials identified 320 close contacts of two women who tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving from Britain. Denmark’s health minister on Tuesday urged people who attended a large protest on June 7 to get tested after confirming one participant had the disease. And officials in a western region of Germany closed schools and child care centers after more than 450 workers at a slaughterhouse tested positive.

Dig deeper: Read my report in World Tour on how African governments are teaming up with private groups to fight the pandemic.


Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

@onize_ohiks

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