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Beijing COVID spike prompts mass testing, panic buying

BEIJING (AFP) – Fears of a hard COVID lockdown sparked panic buying in Beijing yesterday, as long queues for compulsory mass testing formed in a large central district of the Chinese capital.

China is already trying to contain a wave of infections in its biggest city Shanghai, which has been almost entirely locked down for weeks and reported 51 new COVID deaths yesterday.

Shanghai has struggled to provide fresh food to those confined at home, while patients have reported trouble accessing non-COVID medical care – and the rising cases in the capital triggered fears of a similar lockdown.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin