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World|life|June 18, 2020 / 04:33 PM
China fears new COVID-19 ripple will lead to second wave

AKIPRESS.COM - Beijing isn't in full lockdown, at least not yet. But the new outbreak here has residents - and the Chinese Communist Party - worried, Sky News reports.

Today the authorities confirmed another 21 locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 in the capital, bringing the total in the latest cluster to 158. And they are not confined just to Beijing - cases have been recorded in provinces across China.

The first question is how this happened. Life in China had been getting back to normal, with people going back to work and restaurants reopening.

But the country still had some of the strictest COVID-19 measures in place. Foreigners are still banned from entering the country, with some very limited exceptions.

Entry to apartment blocks and shops requires scanning a QR code on your phone, to harvest your location history. Masks and temperature checks are ubiquitous.

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