All those who return to Beijing after the extended lunar New Year holiday should spend a 14-day quarantine at home to help prevent infections of the COVID-19 coronavirus, local media reported.
According to the official Beijing Daily newspaper, which cites a local work group for the prevention of the epidemic, those who do not make a quarantine of 14 days after their return will be punished according to the law, although it does not specify what measures will be taken or if Restrictions also apply to non-residents or foreigners.
“From now on, all those who return to Beijing must stay at home or in observation centers for 14 days after their arrival,” the information adds.
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers had to return to offices and factories last Monday after the Lunar New Year holidays despite the fact that the country continues to fight against the new coronavirus, which leaves at least 1,523 dead in China.
The return is being staggered, and in the Chinese capital most of the citizens are still locked in their homes, the streets are still deserted and most of the commercial premises are closed, with the exception of supermarkets and some small food stores.
In the housing blocks, residents who wish to go outside must first go to some makeshift control centers where security guards measure body temperature and deliver identification passes.
According to the circular made public by Beijing Daily, those who return to Beijing from now on must communicate it to their neighborhood communities first.
Also, many companies have asked their employees to work from their homes to avoid contagion.
The authorities try to ensure that the return to work is carried out “in an orderly manner” with a double objective: to prevent cases from going off and that economic activity is not completely stopped, according to the directive set by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.
Those killed by the coronavirus in China increased in the last 24 hours by 143 people to 1,523 deaths, as reported by the National Health Commission.
According to the latest official data, 2,641 new cases were also counted, bringing the number of infected detected so far in China to 66,492.
In the case of Beijing, three deaths and 372 cases have been confirmed to date, of which 80 have already been discharged.