The Beijing district is in a “wartime emergency” after a virus cluster in the main food market

A district in Beijing has tried to take “wartime” action, and the capital on Saturday banned tourism and sporting events after fears of a new wave of COVD-19, a cluster of fancy coronavirus infections centered on a large wholesale market.


Seventy-five out of 517 people tested positive for the coronavirus at Jinfadi Market in the city’s southwestern Fengtai District, Chu Junwei, a district official, told a briefing.

He said there were no signs of Kavid-19, but added that 11 neighborhoods around the market, which claims to be the largest agricultural wholesale market in Asia, were on 24-hour guard.

“In line with the principle of putting public safety and health first, we have taken lockdown measures for the Jinfadi market and surrounding areas.”

The district is “in a state of wartime emergency,” he added.

Market closures and new restrictions come amid growing concerns about a second wave of epidemics that have infected more than 6.6 million people worldwide and killed more than 420,000.

They also point out that in countries where great success has been achieved in preventing the spread of the virus, bunches can sometimes grow easily.

The entire Jinfadi market was shut down on Saturday (Friday 1900 GMT), with two people working at a meat research center who recently came to the market reported to have the virus. How they became infected was not immediately clear.

On Saturday, the market entrance was blocked and police were on guard. Beijing authorities had earlier shut down the beef and mutton business in the market and closed other wholesale markets in the city.

They plan to test nucleic acids to detect coronavirus infections for more than 10,000 people in the Jinfadi market.

According to Sinfadi’s website, more than 1,500 tons of seafood, 18,000 tons of vegetables and 20,000 tons of fruits are sold in the market every day.

Close the tourist site

A city spokesman told a briefing that six confirmed COVD-19 patients had gone to the Sinfadi market in Beijing on Friday. The capital will suspend sports events and tourists from other parts of China, effective immediately, he said.

The Yong Temple and National Theater in Beijing also announced closure from Saturday, and the city government said it had dropped plans to reopen the school on Monday for first-graders in the first grade because of new lawsuits.

A man at an agricultural market in the western Haidian district of Nur also tested positive for the coronavirus, F said.

Raising a new perception of concern within the city, health authorities on Saturday visited the home of a Reuters reporter in Beijing’s Dongcheng district to ask if he had come to Jinfadi Market, 15 kilometers (9 miles) away. They said the visit was a patrol conducted by Dongcheng.

Cut boards for imported salmon in the market After reports in official newspapers that the coronavirus was found on the cut boards, Beijing’s major supermarkets removed salmon from their shelves overnight.

The concern has spread to other cities, with a large wholesale market in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan Province, saying it would remove salmon products from its shelves from Saturday.

A local company of restaurants in Nanjing, the capital of the eastern province of Jiangsu, said it would cut off the supply of raw seafood or animal feed.

Some Beijing residents, including one who was shopping at the Carrefour Supermarket in Fentai District, said they were confident authorities were in control of the situation.

“I’m not here to buy meat if I’m worried. I believe it has been segregated,” said the man who gave himself the nickname Zhang.

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