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Large-scale Beijing events cancelled for virus prevention

By Du Juan | | Updated: 2021-08-05 19:31
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A medical worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine for a student in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

To cut virus transmission and reduce infection risks, Beijing has decided to cancel large-scale exhibitions and events scheduled this month, a senior official said at a news conference on Thursday.

Xu Hejian, spokesman for the municipal government, said events that were previously approved should be postponed.

Several events, including the 2021 Beijing International Film Festival and the World 5G Convention - both scheduled to be held in August  - have been postponed, according to their organizers.

There is no indication whether it will affect the 2021 China International Fair for Trade in Services, scheduled to be held  from Sept 2 to 7 in Beijing.

Zhou Weimin, an official from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, said the authority will suspend approval for large-scale commercial events, such as shows held in stadiums.

Facing clusters in other provinces, the capital has strengthened its virus prevention measures.

People who  arrive in Beijing from high-risk areas for the virus should undergo a 14-day centralized quarantine and seven days of  health monitoring.

Those who come from medium-risk areas should undergo 14-day medical observation at home and seven days of health monitoring.

The municipal government has urged relevant departments to carry out timely epidemiological investigations on specific highly mobile groups, including taxi and ride-sharing drivers and delivery men.

Beijing plans to step up screening of people entering the city from areas with reported COVID-19 cases. It also urges relevant departments to take better care of medical workers at the front lines of disease prevention and control.

Beijing reported zero new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The city reported three confirmed local cases on Wednesday.

The Inner Mongolia autonomous region reported one local confirmed case on Thursday, which has triggered a level III alert for virus control and prevention in the region.

The patient stayed on the same floor as a previously confirmed case from Nanjing at a hotel in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, during a business trip on July 28.

On July 29, the patient traveled from Yinchuan back to Inner Mongolia via Beijing.

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