Beijing Shuts Dine-In Services For Holidays To Stem Outbreak
Authorities said that dining in restaurants has become an infection risk.
Restaurants in Beijing have been ordered to close dine-in services over the May holidays as the Chinese capital grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Authorities said at a news conference Saturday that dining in restaurants has become an infection risk, citing virus transmissions between diners and staff.
Restaurants have been ordered to only provide takeout services from Sunday to Wednesday, during China's Labor Day holidays.
Beijing began mass testing millions of residents earlier this week as it scrambled to stamp out a growing COVID-19 outbreak.
The political stakes are high as the ruling Communist Party prepares for a major congress this fall at which President Xi Jinping is seeking a third five-year term to reassert his position as China's unquestioned leader.
Beijing authorities reported 67 new infections on Saturday, taking the city's total to nearly 300 since April 22.
Authorities have also ordered parks, scenic areas and entertainment venue to operate at half capacity during the holiday period.
Several communities in the city's most populous Chaoyang district have been designated high-risk areas and will be subjected to mass testing on Sunday and Tuesday.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press.
Moderna defends vax price hike, despite billions in taxpayer funding
The company is planning to raise the price of its COVID-19 vaccine from about $26 per dose up to $130 per dose.
What living with long COVID is really like
Scripps News talked to a dozen people with long-term COVID symptoms about their current experience and their hope for the future.
New data links COVID-19 pandemic's origins to raccoon dogs
The discovery does not prove that raccoon dogs or any other animals infected with COVID triggered the pandemic.
Are video games contributing to gambling problems?
Experts say the legalization of gambling, especially in mobile settings, is leading to a blurrier line between that and video games.
Ukrainian mom's visit to the US turned into a mission to help refugees
What started as visit to her son in Chicago is now a mission to help other Ukrainian refugees settle in the Windy City.
Woman sues artificial tears maker after loss of eyeball
Ezricare's artificial tears have been linked to a bacterial infection that is causing blindness, loss of eyes and even death.