Beijing issues new COVID-19 guidelines after rise in locally transmitted cases

Updated: Jun 28, 2020, 09:25 IST | Agencies | Beijing

From June 11 to 26, Beijing reported 297 locally transmitted cases after not reporting any for two months

A couple wearing face masks ride on a bus during rush hour in Beijing. Pic/AFP
A couple wearing face masks ride on a bus during rush hour in Beijing. Pic/AFP

Beijing on Saturday issued fresh guidelines on COVID-19 containment, calling on its residents to continue to wear masks and wash hands frequently in the wake of a fresh outbreak in the Chinese capital's wholesale food market.

Masks have been made compulsory in hospitals, crowded scenic spots and public transports, according to Beijing's Disease Control and Prevention Centre.

The guidelines stipulate that residents with respiratory infections should avoid going to public places and if they do under unavoidable circumstances, they must wear masks.

People are advised to wash their hands frequently when processing raw meat, poultry, or aquatic products, and keep unwashed hands away from the mouth, nose, and eyes, according to the guidelines.

Besides, members of the public are asked to cooperate with health monitoring at residential compounds, workplaces and other public facilities.

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