Fences go up around Covid-struck Beijing flats in ‘worst outbreak since Wuhan’

Chinese authorities are scrambling to lock down Covid-hit parts of Beijing as the death toll in Shanghai continues to rise.

Fences have been put up around blocks of flats where infections were found sealing them off from the outside world. Residents in the eastern Beijing district of Chaoyang are being tested three times a week after a spike in the deadly virus.

The Chinese province of Shanghai has been the centre of the latest outbreak, the worst since Wuhan more than two years ago.

It's prompted a strict lockdown but despite these desperate measures 51 deaths were reported on Sunday, taking the death toll for the current wave to 138, reports Bloomberg.

Shanghai is one of China's biggest cities and has been in a strict lockdown for around five weeks now. Residents are being told to stay indoors with people testing positive being taken to quarantine centres.

Grim reports suggest authorities are rounding up pets and destroying them over fears they could be spreading the virus.

Other reports suggest people are taking their own lives, unable to deal with the pressure of an extended lockdown.

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Chaoyang is a key district in Beijing home to many ex-pats, the central business district and foreign embassies.

Many fear the level of restrictions seen in Shanghai will be extended to the capital if cases continue to rise.

China operates a Covid Zero policy, shutting down huge parts of the economy and country if cases threaten to rise.

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