Beijing: Beijing to allow indoor dining, further ease Covid restrictions

BEIJING -Beijing will further ease Covid-19 restrictions by allowing indoor dining as the Chinese capital steadily returns to normal with decreasing inflections, state media said on Sunday.
Beijing and the commercial hub of Shanghai have returned to normal in recent days after two months of painful lockdowns to crush outbreaks of the Omicron variant.
Dinner service in Beijing will resume on Monday, except in Fengtai district and some parts of Changping district, the Beijing Daily said. Restaurants and bars have been limited to takeaways since early May.
Normal work will resume and traffic bans will be lifted in most parts of Beijing on Monday, the newspaper reported. Employees in some areas are required to work from home.
Residents must show a PRC test taken within 72 hours to enter public areas and take public transport, as part of steps to normalize Covid testing, the newspaper reported.
Beijing reported 16 new local symptomatic cases, up from five a day earlier, and three new local asymptomatic cases, up from one, according to the local government.
Shanghai reported six new local symptomatic cases, an increase of five, and 16 new local asymptomatic cases versus nine the previous day, local government data showed.
Mainland China registered 162 cases of coronavirus daily, 56 of which were symptomatic and 106 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said. That compares with 171 new cases a day earlier – 46 symptomatic and 125 asymptomatic, which China counts separately.
There were no new deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 5,226. On Saturday, mainland China had confirmed 224,310 cases with symptoms.

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