Virus: the situation “extremely serious” in Beijing, warns the town hall

Virus: la situation «extrêmement grave» à Pékin, avertit la mairie

Beijing | The situation of the epidemic in Beijing is “extremely serious,” warned Tuesday, a spokesman for the city hall, while over a hundred people have been infected since the last week in the chinese capital by a sudden burst of contagion.

Beijing is engaged in “a race against the clock” against the novel coronavirus, said to the press spokesman, Xu Hejian.

The capital must ” always be a step ahead of the epidemic and take measures to strict, decisive and determined “, he said.

The metropolis giant of 21 million inhabitants has increased its capacity for daily screening of more than 90 000 people.

While this renewed epidemic arouses the fear of a ” second wave “, the world health Organization (WHO) said on Monday to follow “very closely” the situation in Beijing and spoke of sending possible by additional experts in the next few days.

Beijing reported Tuesday morning of 27 new cases during the past 24 hours, bringing to 106 the total number of cases registered for the past five days.

The upswing in contagion is advantage of the huge wholesale market Xinfadi, one of the largest in Asia, where the virus has been spotted in the last week.

Since then, four other markets of the capital have been closed in whole or in part and thirty surrounding residential areas have been placed in quarantine.

The primary students and the college are now entitled to take the course from home.

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