New coronavirus infections forced special measures in Beijing

Dozens of new coronavirus infections were reported Sunday in China's capital. Beijing shut down the city's largest wholesale market after dozens of people became infected with coronavirus now.

Patient Zero in the new outbreak is believed to have visited the Xinfadi market in the Fengtai district, a market that accounts for roughly 90 percent of the city’s produce. Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of Beijing’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed that all of the new cases were linked to the Xinfadi market. More than 10,000 people who work at the market will be tested, and the market itself will be disinfected. At least three of the symptomatic patients were employees at the market. Citizens have been urged to avoid traveling in or out of Beijing. Sporting events and tour group trips to Beijing have been suspended. Classes have been cancelled for students in kindergarten and the first three years of elementary school.


“If it can’t be put under control right now, the virus will affect many people in a short time because of the high density of population in cities,” Feng Zhanchun, a public health expert, declared. All districts in Beijing, and cities and counties in nearby provinces, issued notices to residents, requiring them to report for nucleic acid testing if they had visited the Xinfadi or Beijing-Shenzhen markets in recent weeks. All of those who live near or work at the market must get tested for the virus. Globally, the virus has continued to spread in many places.