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Beijing reduces COVID-19 medium-risk areas to eight

Updated: Jan 12,2021 09:54 PM    Xinhua

BEIJING — Beijing reduced the number of COVID-19 medium-risk areas in the city from nine to eight on Jan 12, a local health official said.

Donghaihong village in Shunyi district, which was classified as a medium-risk area for COVID-19 on Dec 29,2020, had not reported any new confirmed case or cluster infection over the past 14 days until Jan 11, Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing center for disease control and prevention, told a press briefing on Jan 12.

Of the eight medium-risk areas, seven are in Shunyi district and one in Chaoyang district, Pang said.

Zhi Xianwei, executive deputy head of the Shunyi district government, told reporters on Jan 12 that police have launched an investigation into a confirmed case who concealed his travel itinerary.

A man who was confirmed positive on Jan 9 concealed his travel itinerary and refused to cooperate with health authorities in the epidemiological survey, Zhi said on Jan 11.

Beijing reported one new locally transmitted COVID-19 case on Jan 11, the municipal health commission said on Jan 12.

The confirmed case is a five-year-old boy living in Shunyi district. He received a nucleic acid test as a close contact of a confirmed patient and tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan 10. He has been transferred to Ditan Hospital, a designated COVID-19 facility. 

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