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Beijing strengthens anti-epidemic measures for public transport

A staff member (L) passes reservation code to a woman at Xiangyue West sampling site in Shunyi District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 3, 2021. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)

  A staff member (L) passes reservation code to a woman at Xiangyue West sampling site in Shunyi District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 3, 2021. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)

BEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) — Beijing has further laid out requirements for COVID-19 prevention and control in the public transport services, including taxis and road passenger transportation.

Taxis and ride-hailing cars in Beijing are not allowed to leave the city for regions classified as medium- and high-risk areas for COVID-19, said Wang Zhaorong, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, at a press conference on Monday.

Road passenger lines and chartered bus transport services to medium- and high-risk areas have been suspended.

Authorities have also asked taxi companies in Beijing to strengthen anti-epidemic measures, including vehicle disinfection, ventilation and personnel protection. Newly employed drivers should have a negative nucleic acid test certificate issued within three days.

Meanwhile, 423,800 people in key business areas of Beijing’s Shunyi District and their surrounding communities had been tested for COVID-19 as of 2 p.m. Monday. So far, 415,000 have received their nucleic acid test results with all testing negative, according to the press conference. 

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