The epidemic of sars coronavirus in Beijing under control, according to a chinese expert in health

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A chinese worker in charge of the fight against epidemics is wearing a protective suit and a mask, while he and volunteers direct people to a site where the authorities were conducting tests of nucleic acids for the COVID-19 on citizens who have had contacts with the wholesale market Xinfadi, or someone who has, at a center of outdoor sports on June 15, 2020 in Beijing, China.Kevin Spawn | Getty Images

Wu Zunyou, the epidemiologist-in-chief of the chinese Centre for the prevention and control of diseases, said Thursday that the recent outbreak of coronavirus in the capital had been brought under control.The expert added during a press briefing that there might be new cases of the virus in the next few days, but that it would not be new cases, but the cases discovered during the testing process.

After more than 50 days without a case of transmission of Covid-19 in Beijing, the city has reported a case on Thursday last week. Six others have emerged, Friday, and Monday, a total of 106 new confirmed cases had been registered in five days. The city has subsequently reported 21 cases on Wednesday, according to Reuters, down from 31 the previous day.

The major part of the infections date back to an important market of wholesale products called Xinfadi, located on the outskirts of the city, approximately 8.7 miles (14 kilometers) to the south-west of Tiananmen square in the center of Beijing.

“The epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control,” said Wu Zunyou, according to a translation from Reuters. “When I say that it is under control, this does not mean that the case numbers will become void tomorrow or the day after tomorrow “, he added.

“The trend will persist for some time, but the number of cases will decline, just like the trend that we have observed (in Beijing) in January and February “.

Chu Junwei, an official with the district of Fengtai to the south-west of Beijing, told reporters this weekend that the new case had put the district in ” emergency mode in time of war “. The city government has locked residential areas and has since increased its part of alert, closed schools and limited its travel.

Thursday’s announcement pushed futures contracts on u.s. equity the increase in trade morning. Futures contracts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 67 points, which implies a bond of opening of about 107 points. During this time, futures contracts S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 were both slightly higher.

The coronavirus has killed nearly 450 000 people and infected more than 8 million people since its release in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year. The re-emergence of cases of the virus in the chinese capital over the weekend has added a new uncertainty to businesses and consumers, and has weighed on the sentiment of global investors.

—Evelyn Cheng CNBC contributed to this article.

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