The people of Beijing rounded quarantined after the severe outbreak of coronavirus’


Film shows the people being rounded up and tested by hazmat-clad officials (Photo: AP/Getty Images)

Officials in hazardous materials suits have been seen forcing Beijing residents in quarantine amid fears of a second wave of sars coronavirus could tear through China.

An outbreak linked to the city’s Xinfadi wholesale market, affecting 106 people over the past five days has prompted authorities to lock up nearly 30 districts and test tens of thousands of people. Today, the capital, reported that 27 new infections by the new cluster.

Activist Jennifer Zeng posted with the officials of the borough of persons, and the claims of seven hotels have been seized and turned in the isolation areas. The people most at risk of coming into contact with the disease, have been forbidden to leave the city in the framework of measures similar to those imposed in the Chinese city of Wuhan – thought to be the original epicentre of the pandemic.

It happens that China is grappling with how to balance with new homes, while enabling its economy to recover – a dilemma faced by many countries around the world. The country began to lift lockout restrictions in March, three months after the pandemic began. But now, the Government fears a second wave of new clusters begin to emerge.

During a press conference of the Beijing city spokesman Xu Hejian said: “The epidemic of the situation in the capital is extremely serious.’ World Health organization officials are concerned about Beijing’s size and connections to the rest of this vast country.

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Zhao Honglei, manager of the chain grocery store Shuguoyan, said his 13 staff members have all been tested negative for the coronavirus. While the customers seemed reassured by the tests, it said that the online orders have increased tenfold in the last few days.

Residents line up to get tested for Covid-19 to a sports centre in Beijing (Photo: AP)
The resurgence seems to be the largest city in more than two months (Photo: AP)
The video taken by an activist shows officials of the lining of the people as they seek to contain the epidemic
A man who has had contacts with the Xinfadi Wholesale Market or from someone who has tested (Photo: Getty Images)

He added: “People are concerned that it may be crowded in stores or they could be infected.’

Beijing test of the capacity has been increased to 90 000 per day, according to the state news agency Xinhua.

Retired Wu Yaling, 57 years old, has been in a long queue of masked people waiting in the scorching heat for the tests to be a park in front of the hospital in the city centre.

“I try not to go out as much as possible,” she said, adding that his house is near one of the markets close.

At least one of the last patients is in a critical condition and two are in serious condition. Four cases have also been reported in neighbouring Hebei province, with three related to the epidemic in Beijing.

The initial spread happened at the staff of the Xinfadi market, where about 9 000 workers have been tested previously, according to Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

An official in a hazmat suit barking orders to local residents
China is grappling with how to contain epidemics in the future when the obtaining of its economy, the return of a race (Photo: AP)
The authorities have banned taxis and car-hailing services to take the people of the city (Photo: AP)

People lined up around the city for a large testing campaign targeting people who have visited the market over the past two weeks or get in touch with them.

Zunyou told state broadcaster CCTV that the authorities detected the outbreak early enough to be certain that they can contain.

He added: “For those who have been infected, they will start to show symptoms, either tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Therefore, if there is no strong increase of newly reported cases in tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, the outbreak of this time will stay abreast of the ladder.’

The authorities have banned taxis and cars-from services to take people out of the city.

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The number of passengers in buses, trains and subways will also be limited, and all are required to wear masks.

Fresh meat and seafood in the city and elsewhere in China is also in the course of the inspection, although some experts have expressed doubts that the virus might spread via the food supply.

Chinese media reports said that the salmon was pulled from shelves in 14 cities, including Beijing after the virus has been found in a sample taken from a cutting board to Xinfadi market.

The market was closed for disinfection, as well as a second market where three cases have been confirmed. The residential communities around these two markets have been placed under lockdown, affecting 90,000 people in a city of 20 million dollars.

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