China launches witch hunt against dozens of Beijing companies defying lockdown rules

China launches witch hunt against dozens of Beijing companies defying lockdown rules

Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for Beijing’s Chaoyang district publicly named 45 local businesses on Monday that allegedly violated the city’s Chinese anti-coronavirus measures in recent days. South China morning mail (SCMP) reported on Tuesday.

“Chaoyang district officials … issued a public notice on the social media site WeChat on Monday night [May 2] listing 45 companies that said they have not complied with Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] measures and restrictions,” the newspaper reported on May 3.

The notice stated that the infringing businesses included “restaurants that offered food services despite the ban since Sunday. [May 1]while others had staff who did not wear masks or did not wear them properly.”

“Some stores were listed because their employees or customers did not scan health codes and had their temperature checked before entering,” according to the report. SCMP.

Communist Party officials have imposed a series of pandemic-related restrictions on Beijing since April 22, when the city’s latest outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus was first detected by local health officials. The measures included a ban on restaurant meal services, Chinese mass coronavirus testing ordinances and residential lockdown orders in several districts of Beijing.

“Residents in 12 districts of Beijing will be tested for the coronavirus every day for three days from Tuesday. [May 2],” a SCMP revealed on May 2.

Police officers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) check a person on a scooter on the street during a Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown in Shanghai's Jing'an district on April 24, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL/AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Police officers wearing personal protective equipment check a person on a scooter on the street during a Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown in Shanghai’s Jing’an District on April 24, 2022. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

The paper further noted that Beijing health officials have documented more than 400 local infections of the Chinese coronavirus since April 22. The number of cases appears lower, as Beijing has a total population of around 21.3 million. The Chinese Communist Party observes a “zero tolerance” policy towards the Chinese coronavirus, however, meaning that the latest outbreak of the disease in Beijing was subject to extreme levels of containment despite its relatively small size. Beijing is the national capital of China and is directly administered by the Communist Party of China.

China has battled a resurgence of the Chinese coronavirus in several major cities and provinces in recent months. The Communist Party’s negligence in planning and implementing a city-wide lockdown of Shanghai made international headlines in early April for its unforeseen consequences, which included dire food shortages in isolated residential complexes. The Chinese Communist Party has ordered all of Shanghai’s nearly 26 million residents to observe stay-at-home orders from April 5. five days at a time. Shanghai’s total lockdown has reached its 28th day in a row at press time on May 3.

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