COVID-19: China ramps up virus controls to head off winter wave

Beijing: Temperature checks, queues for tests and inspections at airports – Chinese authorities have stepped up health checks to snuff out the threat of a coronavirus resurgence.

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China, where the virus first emerged around a year ago, largely contained its outbreak, and its economy has roared back to life.

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But Beijing is taking few risks with coronavirus cases skyrocketing in many parts of the world and the threat of a new variant experts believe could be more transmissible.

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Strict checks have been imposed across neighbourhoods in the capital Beijing, where suspected virus cases have been detected.

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Workers in full PPE are spraying boats and airport arrival areas as part of a swift mobilisation to contain potential winter outbreaks.

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Orderly queues snaked outside a testing site in the Shunyi district of Beijing, while officials checked health data stored on QR codes of visitors to Beijing hospitals.

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China reported just 21 new cases on Monday, the majority imported.

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The official national death toll remains at 4,634 with nearly 87,000 infections reported by authorities.

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