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Beijing in lockdown as China hits COVID-19 case record

As COVID-19 cases hit a daily record high in China, the country is reimagining a series of stringent measures under its “no COVID” policy, including lockdowns, mass testing and isolation of anyone suspected of having been exposed to the virus.

The 31,444 COVID-19 infections reported on Wednesday broke the record set on April 13, when Shanghai, a city of 25 million people, was put on lockdown for two months.

The new restrictions cover cities and towns from the southern manufacturing hub of Guangzhou to Beijing in the north.

While the measures imposed in the Chinese capital are less draconian than in other regions, and normal life in the city has been severely disrupted, there is no word on when the restrictions will be in place. remove.

Along with the closure of hundreds of shops, restaurants, malls and office buildings, residential areas have been blocked with varying degrees of severity. In some cases, all outside visitors and delivery people are banned, leaving people to pick up items at the gate. Authorities have issued notices asking residents not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary or buy groceries and seek medical help.

Life in Beijing in lockdown

Workers wearing face masks install metal fences in a blockaded neighborhood on Thursday.

(Andy Wong/The Associated Press)

An epidemic control officer wears a protective suit while sitting in front of a barricade in a blocked area.

(Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A worker in a protective suit sprays disinfectant as people line up to get their usual COVID-19 throat samples at a coronavirus testing site.

(Andy Wong/The Associated Press)

Security staff wear face masks as they stand outside a luxury department store that remains open in Beijing’s central business district.

(Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A delivery worker picks up goods at the logistics station of an online grocery platform on Wednesday.

(Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

A taxi driver wearing a mask waits for a customer near a row of unused shared bikes on Wednesday.

(Andy Wong/The Associated Press)

People cycle on an unusually quiet street on Thursday.

(Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A man walks alone up an overpass near an almost deserted street near the city’s business district.

(Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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