In the Chinese capital, Beijing, residents were allowed to walk the streets without protective masks amid a decline in the number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection. This is reported by Reuters.
This decision was made by the local authorities, because the city has not recorded a single case of the disease in the past 13 days. However, most of the residents still continued to wear masks, the Agency’s correspondent notes. In particular, people are afraid of being judged because of its absence.
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This is the second time that mask restrictions have been lifted in Beijing. The first time such a decision was made in April, but then the rules were re-introduced after the outbreak in June.
In the past five days, China has not reported any internal cases of infection on the mainland at all. At the same time, on August 20, it became known about 22 imported cases, in connection with which the country closed its borders to almost all non-citizens.
An outbreak of COVID-19 pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since then, almost 85,000 people have been infected in the country. Experts note that the key to the successful fight against coronavirus was the strict measures of the authorities, mandatory quarantine and mass testing. Overall, more than 22.6 million people were infected worldwide.