Second Wave of Coronavirus hits China

Beijing has reported 36 news cases in a single day on Sunday after nearly 2 months marking the risk of spread of virus at ‘very high’. Traces of virus were detected in the wholesale market of the Chinese capital leading to introduction of strict lockdown measures and mass testing. The total tally of fresh cases has reached 79 after a locally transmitted infection was reported on June 12 according to the National Health Commission.

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The reported cases are from Xinfadi market, the biggest market that supplies most of the capital’s fresh fruit and vegetables to northern provinces like Shandong, Shanxi, Hebei and Liaoning and occupies around 107 hectares. Chinese vice-premier Sun Chunlan has prescribed “firm and decisive measures” to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Beijing.

As per Reuters report, all tourism and sports events have been banned in Beijing, while people who visited Xinfadi market since May 30 or have come in contact with the people from the market are ordered to get tested.

(People que up in Beijing to get tested for COVID-19. Some 10,000 market staff and residents have been asked to get tested. Image Courtesy: AFP)

Amongst the 36 new infections, 27 are people who visited or worked in the market while 9 are those who got exposed to the market according to government officials. Huaxiang, one of the surrounding neighbourhoods of China has raised its epidemic risk level to high. Another 10 of the city’s neighbourhoods raised their risks from low to high as per Reuters.

“The meat sellers have had to close. This disease is really scary,”

A fruit and vegetable trader at another central Beijing market.

Chinese officials say the latest outbreak could be linked to contaminated seafood or meat from the market, or less likely a visitor who unknowingly had the virus, as per the South China Morning Post reports. Beijing was earlier considered to be one of the safest cities from the virus. The sudden emergence of the virus has raised concerns for a second wave of COVID-19 in China.

Fengtai district (where Xinfadi market is located) announced the launch of  wartime mechanism to curb the spread of virus. Authorities have imposed strict lockdown on 11 residential compounds prohibiting anyone from entering or leaving. Residents will have their temperatures checked and reported on daily basis, with essential necessities being delivered at their doorstep.

Beijing has also initiated mass nucleic acid testing for the coronavirus, setting up 193 sampling booths across the city. Nucleic acid tests work detecting the virus’ genetic code, and are considered to be more effective at detecting an infection, particularly in the early stages, than tests which examine a body’s immune response.

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