Beijing shuts gyms and a city of 10million people is put in lockdown
- Beijing appeared to have a stranglehold on the virus but now fears a new spike
- Harbin in north-eastern China has adopted draconian quarantine measures
- Officials have banned gatherings and ordered communities to surveil residents
- Checkpoints were installed at the airport and train stations to screen travelers
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New coronavirus cases have forced Chinese gyms to close – just weeks after reopening.
The country appeared to be getting a stranglehold on the killer bug, which first emerged in the city of Wuhan, but is now facing up to a second wave of infection.
People returning to China from overseas are once again being ordered to quarantine, while health clubs and swimming pools are shutting amid fears of a new spike in the disease.
People returning to China from overseas are once again being ordered to quarantine. Medical personnel take swab samples of a man from a man in Suifenhe, in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang
Furthermore, there is no sign yet of when gyms may be able to welcome customers back once more, which many fear will have a devastating impact on the industry.
Zhao Hui, 30, the owner of Upower Fitness in Beijing, told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘On April 16, after we passed the inspection, we were able to start trial operation. Then on April 18, they suddenly asked us to close again.
‘I felt very frustrated. We just saw hope, but then it was gone, and we could not operate again.’
It comes as more than 70 people have been infected and over 4,000 are being tested in the city of Harbin after the virus was believed to be ‘imported’ by a student who had returned from New York, according to media reports.
Officials have banned gatherings and ordered communities to closely monitor non-local visitors and vehicles in the city of around 10 million.
Checkpoints have been installed at the airport and train stations, to screen those coming from elsewhere.