Wholesale market in Beijing temporarily shut after new COVID-19 infections

Chinese authorities have temporarily shut a major wholesale agricultural market following a spike in locally transmitted COVID-19 infections in Beijing.
calendar icon 15 June 2020
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Reuters reports that the closure of the Xinfadi wholesale market on Saturday 13 June came after two men who had recently visited the market were reported as having been infected with the novel coronavirus. However, it was not immediately clear how the men had been infected.

Concern is growing of a second wave of the new virus, even in many countries that seemed to have curbed its spread. It was first reported at a seafood market in Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei province, in December.

Beijing authorities had earlier halted beef and mutton trading at the Xinfadi market, alongside closures at other wholesale markets around the city.

Beijing authorities said more than 10,000 people at the market will take nucleic acid tests to detect coronavirus infections. The city government also said it had dropped plans to reopen schools on Monday for students in grades one through three because of the new cases.

Health authorities visited the home of a Reuters reporter in Beijing's Dongcheng district on Saturday to ask whether she had visited the Xinfadi market, which is 15 km (9 miles) away. They said the visit was part of patrols Dongcheng was conducting.

China reported 11 new COVID-19 cases and seven asymptomatic cases for Friday, 12 June, the national health authority said on Saturday. And all six locally transmitted cases were confirmed in Beijing.

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