Beijing tightens Covid restrictions as long holiday begins


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A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman at a Covid-19 coronavirus testing site in Beijing on April 29, 2022. — AFP pic BEIJING, April 30 — Beijing residents will need clear Covid tests to enter public spaces, officials said today, announcing fresh virus controls at the start of a Labour Day holiday muted by creeping infections in the capital. The five-day break is typically one of China’s busiest travel periods, but the country’s worst Covid resurgence since early in the pandemic is expected to keep people home. Faced with the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Chinese officials have...