China’s first COVID-related death in Concerns have been expressed for nearly six months. Beijing In the midst of an ongoing outbreak, schools, restaurants, and shops could be subject to heightened restrictions. in Capital 

An 87-year-old man died in Beijing On Saturday, after his condition had deteriorated further, the official Beijing Daily reported. He first displayed COVID It was diagnosed with the disease on November 11, and confirmed two days later. It was the first time that this had been documented. death From COVID Since May 26, 2006, officials in Shanghai was the victim of one fatality.

The COVID Control situation in Beijing It is “grim” Hidden risks of the virus spreading to many areas are real in Xu Hejian from the municipal government spoke on behalf of the community. in A briefing took place on Sunday. 516 locals were added to the city’s report. COVID Cases available as early as 3 p.m. Sunday

Some shopping malls in BeijingJoy City is also available in The epicenter of the outbreak is Chaoyang district. All businesses have been closed except for food take-away from Sunday. Beijing Business Today reported. Schools in several districts of the capital have told parents they’re moving to online learning from Monday until further notice. Official confirmation of school closings in any city or district has not been made. 

Yang Beibei, Chaoyang’s deputy head, suggested that residents avoid unnecessary trips out of the district. in Use flexible methods such as video conferencing for work at home in the week ahead

According to the latest death, COVID Could test the tolerance of Chinese authorities who earlier this month reduced some restrictions in Many saw this move as a sign of the country’s shift from its strict zero-tolerance policy. The country had been isolated from the rest for three years. China Reduced quarantine time for inbound travelers, close contacts, and an end to a system that suspended international flight due to too many infected people. 

A COVID Click here to go to the China stocks rally?

The news of the new death could also dampen a mood rally in Chinese equities, which have rebounded on new-found optimism around President Xi Jinping’s policy pivots in Support for the real estate market and a targeted approach COVID. The MSCI China Index rose more than 20% in this month. This is the best performance since 1999. 

China’s persistent outbreak increases the likelihood of additional deaths, as it can take several days or weeks before someone who has contracted COVID To become seriously ill. For Saturday, there were 23,238 infections. This is 180 more than Friday.

Authorities in The southern hub of Guangzhou has extended some curbs to the downtown district Haizhu until Nov. 22, following the Saturday reporting of 8,483 cases. Schools in seven of Guangzhou’s 11 districts will remain closed next week, municipal government spokesman Chen Xueming said at a briefing Sunday.

Low vaccination rates among elderly and vulnerable citizens remain one of the biggest hurdles for the country’s reopening. Only 66% are fully vaccinated among those over 80, while only 40% have had a booster. This compares to a senior vaccination rate of over 90%. in The USA. 

The People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, said on Friday in Since the changes, it is its fourth commentary COVID These rules were published China is improving virus control measures and isn’t relaxing or “lying flat.”

China’s top health authorities said they are preparing for future infections By building more hospitals to treat COVID Patients and ensuring that 10% are allocated to intensive care units. 

—With assistance from Jing Li.

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