COVID-19 – New Beijing Local Case at Tongzhou School of Art –

Beijing reported a new local COVID-19 infection on Monday, December 20.

The infected individual lives in a dormitory at Huaqing Art Studio, an art school in Beijing’s eastern Tongzhou district, as reported Beijing Daily.

The individual had traveled to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province, on November 28 to take an exam. The city has one high-risk area and 13 medium-risk areas, at press time. The individual had proof of a negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours of returning to Beijing.

After returning to Beijing on December 18, the individual was advised by the Beijing Health Kit (北京健康宝) to take a nucleic acid test due to the increasing number of cases in Xi’an. The individual tested positive on December 19 and was then taken to central quarantine.

During the 264th press conference on COVID-19 by the Beijing Information Office, it was announced that 108 close contacts of the individual had been identified and two objects in the vicinity had tested positive for COVID. -19.

Huaqing Art Studio is about 20 kilometers from Universal Beijing Resort. Many of those planning to go to Universal wondered if the new case would affect their trip. Resort authorities responded that all guests would be required to show a Beijing health kit and a green travel code (行程码) to enter the park.

For now, life in Beijing continues as “COVID-19 normal”. The city has no new risk areas. However, leaving Beijing is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.

Entry (return to) Beijing requires proof of a negative nucleic acid test result issued within 48 hours.

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Kayleen C. Rice