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Coronavirus

Beijing balances COVID risk and fatigue in beating latest wave

City's alert level lowered as other countries rethink reopenings

Pedestrians walk in Beijing's central business district on July 16, after days of zero recorded coronavirus infections.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- A month after a second coronavirus wave hit Beijing, the city has boomeranged back to zero cases for two weeks. Its apparent success may be instructive about what measures can work -- and what Chinese officials think weary urban citizens are willing to endure.

On Sunday, the authorities announced that the city's alert would be lowered the next day from Level II to III, state media reported. This will enable a range of entertainment facilities to gradually reopen, and allow events with up to 500 people. Only one area of the city was still deemed a "medium" risk.

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