Beijing puts sections of city under lockdown after six new Covid casesJune 13, 2020
Beijing puts sections of the city under lockdown with residents banned from leaving homes on 11 estates after six new Covid cases are linked to nearby meat market
- Six cases were confirmed on Friday while another case was reported Thursday
- They are the first locally transmitted cases in the capital in more than 50 days
- Xinfadi market, which has 4,000 tenants, will be disinfected after workers tested positive
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Beijing has closed the city’s largest wholesale food market and put sections of the city under lockdown after seven new cases of coronavirus were confirmed.
The National Health Commission said that six new cases were confirmed in Beijing on Friday while another case was reported Thursday.
They are the first locally transmitted cases in the Chinese capital in more than 50 days.
One of Beijing’s largest markets, Xinfadi in Fengtai district, was shut down on June 13 and the district placed in lockdown
Beijing has the Fengtai district under lockdown with residents banned from leaving their homes on 11 estates.
The Xinfadi market, which has 4,000 tenants and is in the Fengtai district, will be disinfected after workers tested positive and the virus was found in the environment, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Two of the first people to be infected had been to the market and a third worked with one of them at a meat research institute, according to Chinese media reports.
Chinese soldiers wearing face masks march next to the closed Xinfadi market building
City officials yesterday said that all the workers were being tested for coronavirus
City officials yesterday said that all the workers were being tested for coronavirus and also ordered the testing of food and environmental samples from the city’s wholesale food markets.
A sign outside one market building on Friday said: ‘This building is urgently closed.’
Police and guards restricted entry to the parking area while workers, many in red market jackets and caps, could be seen standing in line outdoors as buses pulled in.
Authorities have delayed the planned reopening of school on Monday for first to third graders in primary school and suspended sports events to prevent a new outbreak.
Police and guards restricted entry to the parking area and a sign outside one market building said: ‘This building is urgently closed’
The National Health Commission said that five imported cases were reported elsewhere in China in the last 24 hours.
It brings the daily total to 11 and the nationwide cumulative total to 83,075. The death toll didn’t increase and stayed at 4,634.
In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region, South Korea has reported 49 new cases of coronavirus with most of them in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.
Two women wear protective suits as they walk on a street near the closed Xinfadi market in Beijing
Health authorities have been struggling to slow transmissions linked to entertainment and leisure activities, church gatherings and low=income workers who couldn’t afford to stay at home.
Hong Kong’s amusement Ocean Park reopened after more than four months amid virus fears.
Measures to guard against coronavirus include limiting its capacity to 9,000 guests per day for the first two weeks.
The park requires all guests to wear a mask and undergo temperature checks before entering. Hand sanitisers were also distributed.
The animal and nature-themed attraction combines pandas, penguins, roller coasters and other rides.
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