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COVID-19: Fear of lockdown in Beijing calls for panic buying as mass tests introduced | World news

People in Beijing have been storing food and other supplies as the city’s largest district began mass-testing residents amid a new coronavirus outbreak.

The test regime has raised fears of a lockdown, similar to those in Shanghai, to several positives COVID-19 cases in China‘s capital in recent days.

Chaoyang is home to 3.45 million people and on Sunday, authorities ordered residents and those working there to be tested three times this week.

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Officials have warned that the coronavirus had been “stealthily” spreading in the city for nearly a week.

Shoppers flocked to stores in the city and online pending a lockdown as people stored vegetables, meat, instant noodles and toilet paper.

A student in the Haidian district, who placed an online order for dozens of snacks and about 10lbs of apples, said, “I’m preparing for the worst.”

Supermarkets, including Carrefour and Wumart, said they had doubled inventories, while e-commerce platform Maituan’s 3690.HK also increased inventory and sorting and delivery personnel, according to state-sponsored newspaper Beijing Daily.

Beijing has reported 47 locally transferred cases since Friday, with Chaoyang, which is home to some of the capital’s richest residents, accounting for more than half.

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State television reported that residents in the neighborhood were ordered not to leave and people were told to reduce public activities.

Most schools, shops and offices remain open.

However, some buildings in the neighborhood have been placed under lockdown as mass tests were rolled out on Monday.

Because fears of lockdown caused stocks, shares in the Asian market had their worst sessions in nearly six weeks, with the Chinese yuan falling to a one-year low.

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Protesters clash with Shanghai police amid a stern COVID lockdown.

Nearly 25 million people in Shanghai have been in lockdown for several weeks, with residents protesting against the strict measures that have caused problems to the food supply chain.

COVID-19: Fear of lockdown in Beijing calls for panic buying as mass tests introduced | World news

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