More than 1,000 Beijing flights cancelled due to COVID-19 spike

Airlines have cancelled at least 1,200 flights to and from China’s capital city as new lockdown measures were reimposed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

After having 57 consecutive days without recording a locally transmitted case of the virus, the authorities have reported 137 in the past week.

The city of Beijing has been placed on what has been described as “level two” alert. The authorities have classified many of its neighbourhoods as “medium risk” with one, near the city’s largest food market, designated as “high risk”. People within the medium or high-risk zones are not allowed to leave the city, while those in the low-risk areas must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before travelling.

In addition to the flight cancellations, the number of rail services to the city have been cut back for the next three weeks.