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Omicron wave rolls: Beijing fears ‘grim’ times

Mass tests on Monday in Beijing

On Monday, people patiently lined up in meter-long queues in the Chaoyang district. Waist-high barriers ensure distance and order. At the end of the lines, inspection officers covered in protective clothing wait to mechanically take swabs from the throats of those waiting. Several million times, on Monday alone, in the Chaoyang district alone.

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