China Cancels Over 1k Outbound Flights Over Major COVID-19 Outbreak

( China might finally be at a point where they can’t deny their problem with the coronavirus any more. The authoritarian communist nation became a focus for derision and anger earlier this year when it was discovered that the Chinese Communist Party hadn’t exactly been forthcoming about the origins of the novel coronavirus. After allowing the virus to escape the country, China covered up the origins of the virus and banned foreign experts from entering the country to investigate.

Now, as the rest of the world has mostly passed the first wave of the virus, China is experiencing a secondary outbreak in Beijing and can’t keep it secret any more. As a result, Chinese authorities canceled more than 1,000 flights out of two of Beijing’s major international airports on Wednesday, according to the South China Morning Post.

According to the report, around two-thirds of Beijing’s inbound and outboard flights were affected by the order to cease travel, which included the cancelation of 1,255 flights that were due to either take off from or land in, Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Daxing International Airport.

It comes after Beijing reported a brand new outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus over the weekend. It included 137 documented cases since the outbreak was first properly reported on Thursday. It forms a new cluster outbreak that is believed to have started in the Xinfadi food market in Beijing. It’s a market that sees tens of thousands of visitors each day and sells meat, fruit, and vegetables.

The decision to ground planes forms an attempt by Beijing to halt the spread of the virus throughout the rest of the country, and hopefully, other countries too. The South China Morning Prost report says that residents of certain counties and streets will be banned from leaving the city, too. Residents who do not live in areas considered high risk have been encouraged to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for them to leave.

All neighborhoods in Beijing now have temperature checkpoints, too, which require residents to pass through before leaving their community.

Imagine if China had been this quick to respond to the outbreak in the first place!