BEIJING | China reported on Tuesday, 27 new infections by the COVID-19 in Beijing, where an additional market has been closed as well as seven surrounding residential areas.
The balance sheet of the resurgence of the sars coronavirus during the course of the last five days in the chinese capital to 106 contamination.
Five markets are closed in whole or in part, including the gigantic wholesale market Xinfadi, one of the largest in Asia, where the virus has been spotted in the last week.
While this renewed epidemic arouses the fear of a “second wave”, the world health Organization said on Monday to follow “very closely” the situation in Beijing, and it referred to the sending possible by additional experts in the next few days.
The authorities have undertaken the screening of tens of thousands of people. This resurgence comes at a time when the country, which is part of the COVID-19 at the end of last year, had virtually eradicated the epidemic these last few months.
In Xicheng district, in the centre of the capital, the market Tiantaohonglian has been closed following the discovery of a case of contamination in an employee, reported Tuesday morning on national television.
In total, around thirty residential areas close to markets closed have been placed in quarantine for 14 days, confining thousands of residents. The town hall announced on Monday the closure of all the sports venues and cultural rights, which came to reopen their doors after months of closure.
In the rest of the country, cities have announced the quarantine of travelers from Beijing.
In addition to the 27 new cases in beijing, the Health ministry announced Tuesday, four infections in the neighboring province of Hebei, and Sichuan (south-west).
The Center for control and prevention of diseases (CDC) said Monday that the strain found at the market, Xinfadi corresponded to a strain found commonly in Europe.
The virus has been discovered particularly on a board that was cut out of the imported salmon, but “it is not enough to certify that it is derived from products of the sea to import”, however, stated on television the epidemiologist-in-chief of the CDC, Wu Zunyou. “This could have come from an infected person”.
Across the country, the ministry of Health reported eight new cases in travelers from overseas over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1845.
According to official figures, China has recorded 83 221 contamination, including 4634 death. No death has been deplored for a month.