In ‘zero-COVID’ China, one case locks down a university

Chinese authorities locked down a major university in Beijing on Wednesday 16 November after finding one COVID-19 case as they stick to a ‘zero-COVID’ approach despite growing public discontent, writes Ken Moritsugu for AP News.

Peking University students and faculty were not allowed to leave the grounds unless necessary and classes on the main campus – where the case was found – were moved online through to Friday 18 November, a university notice said. Still, some people could be seen entering and leaving the main campus on Wednesday in the Chinese capital’s Haidian district.

Beijing reported more than 350 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, a small fraction of its 21-million population but enough to trigger localised lockdowns and quarantines under China’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy. Nationwide, China reported about 20,000 cases, up from about 8,000 a week ago.
Full report on the AP News site