Beijing’s partial lockdown a sign of the world’s new normal
By Chris Buckley and Keith Bradsher
The Chinese economy had been firing back up. Travelers had been returning to fill trains and planes. Communist Party leaders had been celebrating their success in defeating the coronavirus.
For 56 days, Beijing had not registered any new locally acquired cases — until last week.
Now, China’s capital has suffered a flareup of infections, delivering a painful lesson that the virus can come back to ambush countries that had triumphantly proclaimed victory.
After a fresh outbreak of coronavirus infections, the city of Beijing, with a population of more than 21 million, has begun reimposing some controls used across the country earlier in the year to stifle the first wave of infections.