Beijing reopened the Forbidden City, museums and parks for visitors

The Forbidden City, one of Beijing’s main attractions, was reopened to the public after the museum complex was shut down at the end of January due to a coronavirus threat, Associated Press reported Friday.

However, now only 5,000 visitors per day will be admitted to the open-air museum, instead of 80,000 as before.

About 7 million tourists visited the Forbidden City every year. In 1987, the Forbidden City was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Other museums and parks have been reopened in Beijing. However, so far only 30% of the previous number of visitors have been allowed to enter them.

Earlier, the State Health Committee of the People’s Republic of China reported that in mainland China 12 new cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in the past 24 hours, six of those arriving from abroad and six more inland.

During the day no fatalities related to COVID-19 have been registered in the country.

Since December, 4,633 people have died from complications caused by coronavirus in China, 82,874 cases of infection have been registered, 1670 of which were imported from abroad.

For the fifth consecutive day, no new infections or deaths have been reported in Chinese territories outside the mainland. Since last December, 1,511 cases have been confirmed in three areas: 1,037 in Hong Kong (with four deaths), 45 in Macao and 429 in Taiwan (six deaths).