Reuters reported that Beijing punishes workplaces that break laws or avoid limitations and urges people to regulate their own activities.

Beijing health officials have been sending out text messages recently urging individuals to report themselves if they believe they may have visited the same sites as the infected.

The Beijing Municipal Health Commission on May 25 said that Beijing had 41 local confirmed cases and six local asymptomatic infections.

Previously, after the Chaoyang, Fengtai, Fangshan, and Shunyi districts required residents to work from home, the Haidian District joined the ranks and implemented “area-wide static control measures” on May 21.

Wang 王, who lives in Beijing’s Chaoyang district, told a Sound of hope reporter that they have stayed at home for more than a month. The company sends people to his house every day to have them do a nucleic acid test. 

Offline schooling has stopped. Sometimes the children will take online classes at home. 

The stores are all closed. They are not far from the South Xin Yuan area, which is a closed area, but he is not sure if there are confirmed cases in their area.

Shanghai bus operation partially resume operations

Shanghai, May 24, 44 new local confirmed cases of New Coronary Pneumonia and 343 new local asymptomatic infections.

After nearly two months of lockdown in Shanghai, the authorities said that the overall situation of epidemic prevention and control is stable and improving, and it is entering the transition stage of normalized prevention and control. 

In Shanghai, on May 25, subways, buses, and other public transportation partially resumed operations.

As of May 22, the operation of 4 rail transit lines and 273 ground bus lines was resumed.

But Li, who lives in Huangpu District, Shanghai, told Sound of Hope that they had not lifted the lockdown at all there. All stores are closed. It is impossible to do anything without a 48-hour nucleic acid test result. People are stuck at home and have yet to start work and school.

Li was diagnosed as positive this year but later turned negative, and she had no symptoms of illness. She doesn’t understand the government’s “clearing” policy of keeping people at home, shutting down their work and production, and taking daily nucleic acid tests. She even thinks that it’s ridiculous. Reuters said that despite the harm done to the world’s second-largest economy and worldwide supply networks, the zero-COVID policy remains the government’s focus.

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