Beijing returns to partial lockdown after 47 new COVID-19 cases

Beijing returns to partial lockdown after 47 new COVID-19 cases

Beijing returns to partial lockdown after 47 new COVID-19 cases

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All fresh salmon was removed from stores and markets across the city and disposed of, and authorities said they would start screening frozen and fresh meat in markets across the city.

The new infections sparked a panic about salmon, which was pulled from supermarkets around the country after cutting boards used to prepare imported salmon were among surfaces that tested positive for the virus - although fish can not be infected by coronavirus. "We have to stay alert to the risks of imported cases and to the fact that epidemic control in our city is complicated and serious, and will be here for a long time", he added.

Beijing health official Pang Xinghuo said at a second press conference on Sunday that these eight cases are all linked to Xinfadi market, a major food wholesale market in the city's southwestern Fengtai district. "Xin Fa Di Market is said to supply 80% of Beijing's vegetables and meat", tweeted Stephen McDonell. Of those, all 40 positive samples came from Xinfadi market. On Friday, Liaoning in northeastern China reported two asymptomatic infections, both of whom had been in contact with one of the people confirmed infected Friday in the capital.

The majority of cases in recent months have been overseas nationals tested as they return home, and the rest of the cases reported today were imported cases from abroad. The government went ahead with its ten-day Parliament session and officially relaxed the guard with the municipal council recommending the people to do away with masks. Fengtai district officials said a "wartime mechanism" and "field command center" has been established to deal with this fresh wave. Officials are manning the area at all hours, the report said.

Nine schools and kindergartens were shut and cross-provincial trips halted.

According to the Beijing health commission, almost everyone who tested positive had worked or shopped at the Xinfadi market.

The two cases reported on Friday are colleagues from a meat research centre in Beijing's Fengtai District, and they are receiving treatment at a designated hospital.

Plans to reopen primary schools for grades one to three this Monday were shelved, and athletic events have been cancelled.

The 57 new confirmed coronavirus infections include 36 in Beijing, the highest daily number of cases diagnosed since April 13. Some coronavirus hotspots, including NY, have reported significant declines in infections, but the U.S. continues to have by far the world's highest number of deaths and cases.

City authorities on Friday also closed two markets visited by one of the known cases.

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