China's new corona explosion sees Beijing adopt "war" measures

China’s new corona explosion sees Beijing adopt “war” measures

The Chinese capital reported 36 new Covid-19 incidents on Monday, raising the total to 79, as a locally transmitted infection was first reported on June 12 in almost two months, according to the National Health Commission.

The cases are linked to the Xinfadi market in the southwest of the city, which supplies most of the capital’s fresh fruits and vegetables. The market, which also sells meat and seafood, closed on Saturday.

The epidemic has already spread to its provinces Liaoning and Hebei, where a total of five new cases were found to be close patient contacts in Beijing.

The new complex sent shockwaves through China, with Beijing City Government spokesman Xu Hejian describing it as “an extraordinary period” during a press conference on Sunday.

Chinese state media have repeatedly reported on China’s effective measures to curb the virus, as the number of infections and deaths abroad has risen, despite its success with the failures of Western governments, particularly the United States.

The sudden re-emergence of the virus in Beijing, previously considered one of the safest cities in the country, has raised the prospect of a second wave of infections and the possible reintroduction of closed-door locks that had previously stopped and forged much of the country. the economy.

At a meeting of the Council of State, China’s cabinet, late Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chunlan said the risk of the latest spread of the epidemic was “very high”, citing the dense and highly mobile population of the market, according to state news agency. Xinhua.

Measures for war

Fengtai Area, where Xinfadi Market is located, announced On Saturday, the start of a “war mechanism” and the creation of a command center to curb the spread of the virus.
On social media, the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid run by the Chinese government, published a video paramilitary police wearing face masks patrolling the market after closing on Saturday.

Authorities have locked 11 residential complexes near the market, strictly forbidding anyone from entering or leaving. Residents will monitor and report their temperatures on a daily basis, as well as their food and daily needs.

Beijing has also begun mass tests of nucleic acid for the monster, creating 193 sampling chambers across the city. More than 76,000 people were tested on Sunday, with 59 positive, Xu told a news conference on Monday.

Nucleic acid tests work by detecting the genetic code of the virus and may be more effective in detecting an infection, especially in the early stages, than tests that look at a body’s immune response, although the latter are easier.

The Fengtai region has collected samples from 8,950 people working in the Xinfadi market. So far, more than 6,000 samples have been tested and all results are negative, according to Xu.

Authorities also tracked down and collected samples from nearly 30,000 people who visited the market 14 days before it closed. All 12,000 tests performed so far have shown negative results, Xu said.

A healthcare worker wearing a protective suit takes a lubrication test from a woman at a testing center set up for people who have visited or lived near the Xinfadi market in Beijing.

The Beijing government has ordered anyone visiting the market and their close contacts to stay home for two weeks for medical follow-up. It also delayed the resumption of classes for primary school students, which was originally scheduled for Monday.

Several local officials, including Fengtai’s deputy chief of staff, were fired after the blast.

The epidemic is not the first time the virus has returned. In May, many places in the northeast of the country were quickly locked up after imported cases that caused incidents among local communities.

Prior to the new complex, however, Beijing had recorded only 420 local infections and 9 deaths compared to more than 80,000 confirmed cases and 4,634 deaths nationwide, thanks to strict travel restrictions imposed at the beginning of the pandemic.

Like most of the rest of the country, life in Beijing had begun to return to normal, with businesses and schools reopening and crowds returning to malls, restaurants and parks.

As a sign of the Chinese government’s confidence in controlling the epidemic, the country’s parliament even held its annual meeting in late May after a two-month delay, allowing thousands of delegates to travel to Beijing from all over the country and sit side by side. . for meetings that lasted 10 days.
A woman is standing behind a fence as she waits for the delivery of goods she orders online via a residential area under lock and key near the Xinfadi Indoor Market in Beijing.

Location of the source

The Beijing bombing will be the last test of China’s coronavirus restriction strategy.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, he said on Twitter that Beijing will not become the second Wuhan, the original focus of the pandemic where the corona was first identified in December last year.
“There is no way to make Beijing Wuhan 2.0. The world will see China’s strong ability to control the epidemic, including strong government leadership, respect for science, the willingness of the public to cooperate, and national coordination of control measures. We will win again, “he wrote in one Position Monday.

Beijing authorities are still trying to locate the source of the latest epidemic, but are committed to conducting “the strictest epidemiological research.”

Zhang Yuxi, the market’s chairman, told Beijing News on Friday that the virus had been detected on a board used by a seller of imported salmon in the market, leading to fears of a wider infection. Several supermarket chains have since removed the salmon from their shelves, according to the Beijing Daily.

While research is being conducted, a researcher at the Beijing Disease Prevention and Control Center he said The genome sequence showed that the virus found in the market is similar to strains commonly found in Europe.
“But it’s still uncertain how the virus came about. It could come from contaminated seafood or meat or be transmitted by people who have come to market through their secretions,” said Yang Peng, a researcher. he said state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday.

CNN’s Steven Jiang and Shawn Deng contributed to the report.

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