City official Li Junjie said that fresh cases had been found in a second wholesale market in North western Haidian district. China locks down neighborhoods and launched a massive test and trace programme with 75 new coronavirus cases linked to a single wholesale food market.
China’s capital city is struggling hard to control a fresh coronavirus outbreak, with 75 new cases linked to a single wholesale food market in Beijing, authorities have locked down neighborhoods and launched a massive test and trace programme.
Health officials reported 49 new coronavirus cases nationwide on Monday, including 36 more in Beijing where a cluster linked to the Xinfadi market has fuelled fears of a second wave of infections.
People living in 10 housing estates around it would be forbidden from leaving their homes. The market had been closed and nearby schools would be shut.
The capital has begun mass testing workers from the Xinfadi food market, as well as those who live nearby and anyone who visited it in recent weeks.
Dozens of people queued up to be tested at one local stadium on Monday morning, which was heavily guarded by people in hazmat suits.
Officials have said they plan to carry out virus tests on 46,000 residents in the area. More than 10,000 people have been tested already. Several cities have warned residents not to travel to Beijing.
Authorities are also stepping up efforts to trace people who have visited the Xinfadi market, with companies and neighborhood communities messaging staff and residents to ask about their recent movements.
At least one building management company asked tenants to declare if any of their staff had visited the market or been in contact with those who had.
The outbreak also turned the spotlight on the safety of Beijing’s food chain.
There were also 10 imported cases reported on Monday, the likes of which have accounted for the majority of China’s cases in recent months as overseas nationals return home.
China’s capital city raced Monday to control a fresh coronavirus outbreak, with 75 cases linked to a single wholesale food market in Beijing where authorities have locked down neighbourhoods and launched a massive test and trace programme.