BEIJING. Chinese authorities stepped up efforts to resumption of coronavirus cases In Beijing, after the capital, several dozen new cases of the disease are reported on Wednesday after a period of almost two months without a single new infection.
Since Saturday, more than 130 coronavirus infections have been reported in Beijing, but there have been no deaths. Most of them are associated with the wholesale food market, where a new cluster of coronavirus COVID-19 has appeared. Officials blocked some residential complexes, closed schools, and Beijing’s airports canceled two-thirds of all flights.
The city has increased the level of emergency threat of coronavirus from level 3 to level 2 (level 1 is the highest level of warning) and has tightened the requirements of social distance for its 22 million inhabitants. Thousands of people were ordered to take tests, and everyone who visited Xinfadi Market was ordered to isolate themselves within 14 days.
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Xinfadi is China’s largest wholesale food market – the equivalent of 250 football fields – and provides about 80% of Beijing’s daily meat and agricultural products. According to Zeng Guang, a member of the National Health Commission, which formulates the health policy in China, officials have yet to pinpoint the source of the new outbreak.
He said at a new conference on Sunday that “Beijing will not turn into a second Wuhan, spreading the virus to many cities across the country and even needing (full) localization.” But Xu Hejian, a spokesman for the Beijing government, warned on Wednesday that the situation is “extremely difficult” and that people “must fully understand that containing the epidemic in the capital is long-term, complex and difficult.”
In March, the ruling Chinese Communist Party declared victory over the virus. The country has added about 4,400 cases of coronavirus to the total since 80,000 infections were reported this month. Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Tracker,
In the Chinese city of Wuhan, where cases of coronavirus were first reported at the end of last year, isolated mini-outbreaks were detected after an 80-day block.
But residents say that life was able to return to something that resembles “normal.” Traffic jams returned, and crowds of people in the streets. “Wuhan seems to be again a city that is demonstrating its vitality,” said 31-year-old Chu Tian in a telephone interview from Beijing.
However, he said that there were many “for sale” and “for rent” signs on the buildings, and he estimated that less than half of the enterprises had returned to their condition before the lock. “It’s still hard for ordinary people in Wuhan to make a living, especially for small business owners and sellers who sell things on the street,” he said.
Helmgaard reported from London
This article originally appeared in the USA TODAY: China reinforces emergency when Beijing flares up COVID-19