Beijing reported 45 new cases for Wednesday, compared with 47 on Tuesday

China’s COVID-hit capital Beijing further tightened its dragnet on the virus with zero community transmission the target, punishing workplaces that flout rules or circumvent curbs and imploring residents to police their own movements.

Since late April, the city of 22 million has wrestled with dozens of new cases a day. While these have been mostly in quarantine areas, a handful have been found in the community at large, illustrating the challenge the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant poses even to the world’s most stringent pandemic containment policies.

Beijing reported 45 new cases for Wednesday, compared with 47 on Tuesday.

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