China Locks Down 10 More Beijing Areas Over New Corornavirus Cluster

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"] The Xinfadi market in southern Beijing was shut down on Saturday. Photo: cnsphoto[/caption]

China is locking down 10 more neighbourhoods in Beijing to try and contain the spread of a coronavirus outbreak linked to a food market, authorities announced on Monday.

City Official Li Junjie said at a press conference that fresh cases had been found in a second wholesale market in northwestern Haidian district, and as as result , the market and nearby schools would be closed, and people living in ten communities around it placed under the lockdown.

Earlier on Sunday, eight fresh cases were reported in Beijing, taking the total number of cases in the last few days to 54, all linked to the wholesale market supplying vegetables and meat to 90 percent of the city. Significantly, the Beijing Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (Beijing CDC) has said the genome sequencing of the strain of the coronavirus which caused the new Covid-19 outbreak in the Chinese capital at the Xinfadi wholesale food market shows it originated from imported cases from Europe.

With the new cases, the total number of cases in China has gone up to 74 since Saturday, the highest in the country after the virus was brought under control in the first Cvid-19 epicentre in April, this year. The number of cases included 57 new confirmed Covid-19 infections and nine asymptomatic cases, the officials of the China's National Health Commision (NHC) said.