| 26 November 2022, Saturday |

Beijing launches probe into bar blamed for capital’s COVID surge

Authorities in Beijing have initiated an inquiry into a 24-hour bar they suspect is at the heart of a cluster of more than 250 COVID-19 cases in the Chinese capital since last week, according to domestic media on Tuesday.

According to the state-backed Beijing Daily, a team of local government officials would examine and deal with the Heaven Supermarket Bar “immediately, sternly, and decisively.”

According to the article, all of the city’s pubs, nightclubs, karaoke venues, internet cafes, and other places of amusement are being examined, with those in underground locations being closed while epidemic prevention work is “tightened.”

Authorities in the city of 22 million say the individual did not take any COVID-19 test between May 26 and June 8, despite visiting a number of restaurants, bars and crowded places during the period.

  • Reuters