Chinese authorities on Tuesday launched a multi-department probe into a 24-hour bar in Beijing at the centre of the rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak that caused mass testing.
A joint team comprising officials from several departments including health and public security will work together to investigate the Heaven Supermarket bar, “quickly, strictly and seriously”, the state-backed Beijing Daily reported on Tuesday.
The Heaven Supermarket bar had reopened for in-dining on June 6, the very day when the latest outbreak was triggered by an individual said to have not taken Covid-19 test for days.
As a result, Chaoyang began a three-day mass testing on Monday for its roughly 3.5 million residents.
The renewal of every day testing comes days after Beijing eased restrictions on motion and allowed staggered testing after seemingly bringing underneath management the continuing outbreak, which began on April 22.
“To cut off the virus’s spread as soon as possible, Beijing has carried out a mass inspection of entertainment places such as bars, nightclubs, KTVs, and internet cafes. Underground and other unqualified entertainment venues are being shut down,” official news agency Xinhua, reported on Tuesday.