Beijing Cancels over 800 Flights Following New COVID-19 Outbreak

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The Chinese capital has imposed a mass cancellation on transportation to and from the city following a recent outbreak of COVID-19 infections.

Data from VariFlight indicates that as of 17 June Beijing Capital International Airport had cancelled 550 flights, while Beijing Daxing Airport had cancelled 300 flights.

The move comes just after Beijing escalated its emergency response from level 3 to level 2 on 16 June, following the emergence of new COVID-19 cases less than week earlier.

On 11 June Beijing saw its first new COVID-19 infections after 57 consecutive days without any new cases.

By 15 June 116 positive cases had been reported, all of which were associated with the Xinfadi Fruit Market (新发地市场) in Beijing’s Fengtai district.

As of 16 June Beijing had added 5 more areas as being “medium-risk” for COVID-19, and one area – the Fengtai district Huaxiang area – as “high-risk, making it the only high-risk area in all of China.

Beijing is currently host to 27 medium-risk areas for COVID-19, situated in Xicheng district, Dongcheng district, Haidian district, Chaoyang district, Fengtai district, Daxing district, Fangshan district and Shijingshan district.

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