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Beijing has added two medium-risk areas for COVID-19 as five more locally-transmitted confirmed cases were reported from midnight to 4 p.m. on Thursday, local health authorities said at a press conference.

One of the areas is a residential compound in Beijing's Fengtai District and the other a company dormitory in Fangshan District, said Pang Xinghuo, deputy head of the Beijing municipal center for disease control and prevention.

Three of the five new cases were among the five who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. Of the other two new cases, one is a close contact of the positive cases, and the other had dined with some of them. All five cases work at cold storage facilities.

Pang said COVID-19 prevention and control in Beijing is challenging and complicated with sporadic cases emerging in various districts, urging departments in charge of cold-chain food storage and logistics to strengthen testing and disinfection.