Beijing on alert over COVID outbreak in Chaoyang district

Authorities in Beijing are tightening anti-coronavirus measures in response to an outbreak discovered at a bar in the central district of Chaoyang. This comes after a month-long ban on indoor dining was lifted about a week ago.

City authorities say as of Sunday they had confirmed 166 linked cases, including those who visited the establishment.

The authorities are bracing for more cases as more than 6,000 people have been identified as close contacts. They include people who were at the bar at around the same time as those infected.

Bars and karaoke parlors in the district have been closed.
The authorities plan to conduct PCR testing of Chaoyang residents and others for three days, starting Monday.

Beijing officials are urging residents to take thorough anti-infection measures. Those who enter offices, commercial facilities and other public places continue to be required to show negative PCR test results.

On June 6, dine-in services resumed in the city except for some areas, as new infections were on a downward trend.