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CNBC: Beijing grinds to a near halt as China’s capital city battles Covid with more lockdowns 

* More and more apartment compounds in Beijing on Friday forbade residents from leaving for at least a few days. 

* “You constantly hear of someone going into lockdown and you have this constant feeling that you’re going to be next,” Joerg Wuttke, president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, said Friday. 

* It was not clear how many people were affected at a city level, and to what degree stay-in-place measures were being enforced. 

BEIJING — China’s capital city is grinding to a near standstill as Covid controls spread. More and more apartment compounds in Beijing on Friday forbade residents from leaving for at least a few days. That’s on top of a growing number of bans on business activity, which have forced gyms to close and restaurants to halt in-store dining. “This morning most of our 30+ staff reported their communities went into a 7-day lockdown,” James Zimmerman, partner in the Beijing office of Perkins Coie, said on Twitter Friday. He said a day earlier, the firm had to tell all its employees to work from home.  


WNU editor: All of my friends and contacts in China believe that in the next few weeks if the case numbers continue their upwards trajectory, Beijing will order almost the entire country to be put under lockdown for a few weeks, if not longer. 

Needless to say. Everyone is scrambling right now to make sure that they have enough food and essentials stockpiled to last a long time. 

China Expands Lockdowns As COVID Cases Rise  

Beijing on edge as city adds new quarantine centers — AP

‘Draconian approach’: strict Chinese COVID measures remain as case numbers continue rising — FOX News/Reuters

China Covid: Record number of cases as virus surges nationwide — BBC

China’s Daily Covid Tally Tops 30000 for First Time as Curbs Spread — Bloomberg 

China’s Covid cases hit record as dissent grows over tough restrictions — CNN

China is sticking with zero-COVID and expands lockdowns as cases hit daily record — ABC News Australia

AP PHOTOS: Beijing life on hold for lockdowns, COVID testing — AP