Beijing Tracks Individual Movement to Locate COVID-19 Cases

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Senior officials from the Beijing Municipal Government have recently acknowledged that they have been tracking and monitoring individuals' movement during the resurgence of the COVID-19 in the Chinese capital, as reported by Technode on June 19. According to Daxing District local government, health administrators are tapping into telecom operators' mobile networks to trace visitors who have been to the Xinfadi market, the epicenter of the coronavirus.

The new outbreak of coronavirus in the Chinese capital prompted authorities to raise their official emergency response back to level II on June 16, leading to cancellations of more than 1,200 flights in and out of Beijing. While the return of the health crisis has plunged the city into a "soft shutdown" with communities fencing off, top officials have implemented more stringent measures to contain the spread of the virus, addressing the situation at its extremely severe stake. Notably, the second stage of the epidemic control focuses on surveilling for remaining infections and expediting the safe resumption of production at companies nationwide. On June 19, Beijing renewed the genome sequencing data on the national novel coronavirus information system, aiming to provide open and transparent sharing of the coronavirus information globally.

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