Chinese cities like Beijing depicted here on July 6, 2022 require a negative virus test within the last 72 hours to enter most public spaces.
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Beijing — The capital of China is set to require Covid vaccination when entering gyms and other places. This is the first obligation of this scale in the country.
Vaccine requirements are Resurrection in the new case Last week in Beijing, Shanghai and other parts of China.
Beijing announced on Wednesday that from Monday most people will need to be vaccinated before entering face-to-face training centers, sports centers, entertainment venues and other social venues.
The city said the requirements did not apply to people whose vaccinations were not “appropriate”, but said that vaccinated people would prioritize admission to the venues mentioned above. Many spaces work with reduced capacity due to Covid’s limitations.
Generally, only Chinese-made vaccines by Sinopharm or Sinovac are open to the public in China.
Beijing has a relatively high vaccination rate. The city said Wednesday that it had vaccinated 23.4 million people, including 3.6 million people over the age of 60. The capital said it had nearly 22 million long-term residents as of 2020.
Government events in Beijing require participants to be vaccinated against Covid, but some industries, such as taxi services, also encourage or require vaccination.
About two months ago, Beijing began requiring people to be tested for viruses before visiting public places.
Similar rules are in force in Shanghai and other parts of China, but at least one or two cities are trying to stop regular virus testing after the number of local cases has declined. Analysts have found the cost of Covid testing and other measures for local governments to be high.
In mainland China, 94 new Covid cases with symptoms were reported on Wednesday. This includes 32 cases in Shanghai and 4 cases in Beijing.
Other cities have also tightened Covid’s control over the past few days.
Xi’An, central China, announced on Tuesday that it will close entertainment and leisure facilities for a week and ban direct dining in restaurants.
The city of Shanghai has announced two mass virus tests from Tuesday to Thursday and a temporary closure of the karaoke venue on Wednesday.