Beijing reports one new COVID-19 case
Updated 18:59, 04-Jul-2020

One new locally transmitted COVID-19 case was reported in Beijing on Friday, raising the infection total in the Chinese capital to 332 since June 11, when the first case from the Xinfadi market cluster was detected, the Beijing Health Commission said on Saturday.

The new patient, a 56-year-old man, emerged in Beijing's Fengtai District.

On Friday, two patients from the local cluster infections were discharged from the hospital, taking the total number of recoveries to nine. 

The coronavirus situation in Beijing is controllable, as the city has reported a single-digit increase of new locally transmitted cases in six straight days, said Xu Hejian, spokesperson for the municipal government at a regular press briefing on Saturday.

Beijing announces measures to ensure employment for fresh graduates

Beijing has introduced a new QR code system for the city's fresh graduates from universities to help them seek employment amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, Xu Xi, head of Beijing's Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, said on Saturday.

The new QR code named "Jingyou," which took inspiration from the health QR code system Beijing has employed for the epidemic prevention, will help graduates and companies share and confirm information with each other without attending an offline job fair, said Xu.

Job seekers can stay at home and enjoy a total of 30 different services with the code, including applying for jobs and internships, and career assessments, Xu added.

Beijing has also announced that it will offer subsidies worth almost 3,000 yuan (roughly 425 U.S. dollars) a month to the city's micro, small and medium-sized companies for every fresh graduate from Beijing's universities they hire, according Xu.

The move is to help alleviate the financial pressure from these enterprises and encourage them to hire more employment seekers who have just entered the job market, said Xu.

Three areas in Daxing District lower coronavirus risk level

Beijing's Huangcun Town, Tiangongyuan Sub-district and  Qingyuan Sub-district in Daxing District have lowered the risk level of coronavirus transmission from high to medium, the State Council's mobile application showed on Saturday.

Two areas in the city remain at high risk level and 26 others are at medium risk level of virus transmission.