Beijing In ‘Wartime Emergency Mode’ After New Coronavirus Cluster Found At Market






Chinese police guard the entrance to the closed Xinfadi market in Beijing Saturday, during a lockdown after dozens of new Covid-19 cases were reported in connection with the market.

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TOPLINE Beijing is back under partial lockdown with the invention of dozens of recent Covid-19 cases tied to an area market, nearly two months since town reported its last domestic transmission and because the city was thought to possess quelled the virus.


KEY FACTS

  • Six new domestic infections in Beijing were reported on Saturday, all with ties to the Xinfadi

    market and further testing at the market found 45 asymptomatic cases, per The Guardian.
  • Before the primary cause of the outbreak was detected Thursday, the Chinese capital had gone 55 days with the sole new reported infections being residents returning home from foreign countries.
  • With restaurants and shops back open, day-to-day life in Beijing gave the impression to be returning to normal, but the new cluster has meant the return of strict social distancing measures like lockdowns for 11 neighborhoods near the market, a suspension on tourists from other regions, the cancellation of sporting events and also the planned reopening of local primary schools being pushed back.
  • Salmon has also been pulled from grocery stores both in Beijing and nationwide after salmon cutting boards at the market reportedly tested positive for the virus.
  • Officials have ordered 139 contacts of individuals infected to quarantine, and conceive to test 10,000 more people that work on the market.

CRUCIAL QUOTE

“In accordance with the principle of putting the protection of the masses and health first, we've got adopted lockdown measures for the Xinfadi market and surrounding neighborhoods,” district official Chu Junweia told the media on, adding that the district is in “wartime emergency mode.”

KEY BACKGROUND

Xinfadi market bills itself because the largest wholesale agricultural market on the continent, and reportedly provides the overwhelming majority of Beijing’s fruits and vegetables. The outbreak has drawn comparisons to the case of the market in Wuhan, China, where the Covid-19 pandemic is believed to own originated. China appears to own passed the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, due to strict lockdowns too soon within the crisis and widespread contact tracing. However, China has faced accusations of not being transparent amid the pandemic and of reporting false Covid-19 numbers. On Saturday, China had nearly 85,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and had counted about 4,600 deaths.

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