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Beijing adds new COVID quarantine centers, sparking panic buying

Added 11-25-22 08:07:01am EST - “Residents in the capital have been emptying store shelves in supermarkets and overwhelming delivery apps as Beijing's government steps up construction of COVID quarantine centers.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Beijing adds new COVID quarantine centers, sparking panic buying”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A resident carries her groceries at a supermarket in Beijing, on Friday. Residents of China's capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps as the city government ordered accelerated construction of COVID-19 quarantine centers and field hospitals. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

A resident carries her groceries at a supermarket in Beijing, on Friday. Residents of China's capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps as the city government ordered accelerated construction of COVID-19 quarantine centers and field hospitals.

BEIJING (AP) — Residents of China's capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps Friday as the city government ordered accelerated construction of COVID-19 quarantine centers and field hospitals.Uncertainty and scattered, unconfirmed reports of a lockdown on at least some Beijing districts have fueled the demand for food and other supplies, something not seen in the city for months.

Daily cases of COVID-19 across the country are hitting records, with 32,695 reported Friday. Of those, 1,860 were in Beijing, the majority of them asymptomatic.

Improvised quarantine centers and field hospitals hastily thrown up in gymnasiums, exhibition centers and other large, open indoor spaces have become notorious for overcrowding, poor sanitation, scarce food supplies and lights that stay on 24 hours.

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