Beijing stepped up quarantine efforts to contain a month-old COVID outbreak, while Shanghai expressed dissatisfaction with unjust restrictions. In just over a week, the city of 25 million people will be free of a long-term curfew.

Despite China’s “zero-COVID” plan for COVID eradication, new infection rates in China remain far lower than in many Western cities. On Monday, the capital recorded 48 new cases among its 22 million residents, while Shanghai reported less than 500.

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan requested more stringent measures to prevent virus transmission and adhere to the country’s zero-COVID policy during an inspection tour in Beijing.

Beijing can be controlled, but containment efforts must continue, according to her.

According to the state-run Beijing Daily, some 1,800 inhabitants from one Beijing neighbourhood were confined in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province.

Six of the capital’s sixteen districts still require or encourage residents to work from home, each with its unique set of laws.

Beijing slashed public transportation, shuttered retail malls and other venues, and encased existing structures in new cases.

The majority of the limitations in Shanghai will be in effect until June 1, when the two-month lockdown will end. Even so, public venues must have a maximum capacity of 75%.

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