Beijing fears second wave of infections, shuts down food market

Amid fears of a second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, a district of Beijing is on a “wartime emergency” after a fresh rise in coronavirus cases centred around a food market.

Checkout Magazine gathered that eleven neighbourhoods around the wholesale market in the city’s southwestern Fengtai district have gone into lockdown, where an official said it was in “wartime emergency mode”.

Fears of a new outbreak comes after throat swabs from 45 people, out of 517 tested at the district’s Xinfadi market, proved positive for coronavirus, although none of them showed symptoms of COVID-19, according to the authorities.

Officials have said more than 10,000 people at the market will be tested, and the premises disinfected.

A city spokesman told local media outlets all six COVID-19 patients confirmed in Beijing on Friday had visited the market.

They are the first locally transmitted cases in the city in more than 50 days

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