2020/06/16

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Dozens of new coronavirus cases reported in Beijing


While it had seemed for months that China had gained control of the coronavirus outbreak and prevented a second wave from crashing over the country, an explosion of cases in the nations capital over the weekend now has everyone extremely alarmed.
Nearly 80 new cases have been reported in Beijing over the last four days including 36 on Monday morning. The majority of these cases are centered around the sprawling Xinfadi wholesale food market in Fengtai district, recalling the original Covid-19 outbreak which began from a Wuhan wet market to terrorize the entire world.
The Xinfadi market, the citys largest market, has now been shut down. Nearby residential communities have been put into lockdown and all those who visited the market have been asked to step forward and be tested with employers instructed to make sure that all employees follow this directive.
On Sunday, more than 76,000 nucleic acid tests were conducted in Beijing with 59 people testing positive.

The city had previously gone 55 days without a single new infection until last week when one new case was reportedthen two, followed by dozens more.

According to Chinese state media, preliminary results from the Xinfadi market suggest that the virus strain came from Europe, though its not yet clear how the virus arrived.
Foreigners have been banned from entering China for months while Chinese nationals arriving back are held in isolation for two weeks before being allowed back in public.
Either way, this latest outbreak is not good news for those foreigners who were hoping that China would soon be opening back up its borders.


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