Now, the flights are cancelled, schools were told to close it back down, and all of the communities close to the market, or with the knowledge of the COVID-19 cases have been closed and their residents are forbidden to leave. Up to the present 29 districts have been completely closed.
In a large part of the capital, the inhabitants have found themselves under what many call a ” soft lock-in. “
More than 1 200 incoming and outgoing flights of Beijing’s two airports were cancelled on Wednesday, accounting for almost 70% of the scheduled trips, according to the aviation tracking website Variflight. The national railway operator is to allow the passengers to and from Beijing for the refund of their tickets free of charge. All outbound taxi and car-hailing services, and most long-distance bus routes in Beijing have been cancelled.
The city officials have limited the public places such as libraries, museums, art galleries, parks and 30% of the capacity.
The rest of Beijing, residents have been told to avoid “non-essential” travel outside of the city. If it is deemed “absolutely necessary” for the trip, residents must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from within the last seven days, but an appointment for the tests are not to be quickly or easily at the moment, and other parts of China are not eager to welcome the arrivals from Beijing.
The return of strict control measures in the capital, even if only in parts, which has triggered panic and anxiety in some Pekingese. The social media are flooded with concerns of residents, including some who complain that the government is trying to soften the perception of the new lock by simply not using the word in press conferences, even though it brings back the restrictions.
There are also complaints about the compulsory control of the temperature to the control points, which were blown back around the city, and the door stop deliveries, such as construction of entry restrictions were reduced in the closed residential communities.
But many are also a call to the quiet, and for the majority of those who live in the neighborhoods of the city still not affected by the new outbreak, life goes on more or less as usual, or at least as normal as it has been for much broader restrictions were lifted at the end of the month of April. Most of the people are still able to go to work and socialize, albeit under strict social distancing guidelines.
Beijing has tested 356,000 people for COVID-19 since Saturday, and the workers intended to test at least 355 000 more people with ties to the Xinfadi market quickly, city official Zhang Qiang said at Wednesday’s daily press briefing. He said that the six groups of people would be put to the test in the coming days, including those with links to Xinfadi or other food markets, the public sector employees, medical staff, teachers, and students who have returned to school.
Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the municipal centre of disease prevention and control, said it was “possible” the number of COVID-19 cases in the city will remain at their current level for some time “, indicating a planned sustained trend.
While the origin of this new epidemic was not yet clear, Wednesday, that China has suspended European imports of salmon after coronavirus has been detected on a cutting board used for imports of salmon in the Xinfadi market. Chinese experts said genetic testing suggests that the virus strain now spreading to Beijing, can come from Europe.
Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the outbreak probably really began to spread quietly about a month before it was detected in May.
“It is possible that there were already a lot of asymptomatic or mild patients in the course of this month, and that is why the environment is this large amount of virus. It is our estimate, and has yet to be verified, ” Gao said, a seminar with public health officials in Shanghai on Tuesday, according to local media.
While the epidemic is a source of concern, China is the leader COVID-19 expert Dr. Zhang Wenhong, said on Wednesday that the rapid reaction should make it controllable.
“Beijing is determined,” he said in a speech at the University of Tsinghua. “I can understand Beijing’s strict measures that are more stringent they are, the better it is for the rest of the country. ”
Noting that such re-introduction of strict measures of control may not be possible in the West of the country, Zhang said China, ” just have to wait and see, Beijing could be a very good reference model for the China epidemic prevention and control “, as other cities — and countries — brace for possible resurgences of the virus.
During this time, Tianjin city, next to Beijing, has reported a locally transmitted sars coronavirus case on Wednesday. The patient has told authorities they had no travel history in the past 14 days and no contacts with persons known or suspected coronavirus patients. The man is working in a local hotel as a washing machine, dishwasher, and, occasionally, handfuls of frozen seafood.