China implements ‘wartime’ measures to contain new Beijing coronavirus outbreak

China implements ‘wartime’ measures to contain new Beijing coronavirus outbreak

China implements ‘wartime’ measures to contain new Beijing coronavirus outbreak

Numerous cities largest luxury hotels and restaurants said they were voluntarily disposing of all their raw fish and would stop serving seafood. Zhang Yuxi, the market's chairman, said on Friday that the virus has been traced to a chopping board used by a seller of imported salmon at the market, but officials remain stumped over the new cluster's origins. The municipal health commission said in a separate statement (link in Chinese) on its website that it recorded 59 positive coronavirus tests on Sunday, 21 of which were included in the city's confirmed new cases.

After almost two months with no new infections, Beijing officials have reported 79 cases over the past four days, the city's biggest cluster of infections since February.

According to Chinese state media, preliminary results from the Xinfadi market suggest that the virus strain came from Europe, though it's not yet clear how the virus arrived.

Nucleic acid tests work by detecting the virus' genetic code, and can be more effective at detecting an infection, particularly in the early stages, than tests which examine a body's immune response, though the latter are easier to conduct.

The rise comes as huge anti-racism protests rage across America and the world, with many demonstrators wearing masks to protect against the spread of the virus.

A further 100,000 people have tested positive since the Narendra Modi government allowed the reopening of shopping arcades, places of worship and restaurants a week ago.

Many anticipated a second coronavirus wave in China, and after months of eased restrictions, coronavirus reappeared in Beijing, one of the most populous cities in the world.

By Monday Beijing had set up almost 200 testing sites and contacted about 200,000 people who had visited the market since the end of May, state news outlet Xinhua reported.

The new cases illustrated how the virus can come back as anti-disease controls are relaxed.

There were also 10 imported cases reported on Monday, the likes of which have accounted for the majority of China's infections in recent months as overseas nationals return home.

Several local officials, including the deputy chief of Fengtai District, were fired after the outbreak. Thirty-six infections were confirmed on both Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total to 79 cases over the last four days in the city of more than 20 million.

The manager of the Xinfadi market as well as two district officials have been sacked for failing to prevent the virus from re-emerging and spreading.

Some Chinese netizens also posted that their mobile-app-generated health codes were green while they were in Beijing, but turned red after they left the city by train.

In southwestern Beijing's Fengtai District, 8,950 people from Xinfadi, a large wholesale market of fruit, vegetable, and meat, were sampled.

China, a major importer of seafood and meat, has halted purchases from European salmon suppliers because of fears they might be linked to a coronavirus.

"There is no way for Beijing to become Wuhan 2.0".

The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China where the disease emerged late previous year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.

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