Coronavirus : the city of Beijing evokes a situation extremely grave - The Point

Beijing is more than ever the centre of attention in China. After new cases of the coronavirus, over a hundred in five days, the mayor of the chinese capital is

Coronavirus : the city of Beijing evokes a situation extremely grave - The Point

Beijing is more than ever the centre of attention in China. After new cases of the coronavirus, over a hundred in five days, the mayor of the chinese capital is now of epidemic levels, " extremely serious ". Everywhere in the country, there are fears the arrival of a second wave. Beijing has engaged in a "race against time" to stop the advance of the virus, has declared to the press the spokesman of the city hall, Xu Hejian.

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The capital city should " always be a step ahead of the epidemic and take measures to strict, decisive and determined ", he said. The metropolis giant of 21 million inhabitants has increased its capacity for daily screening of more than 90 000 people.

WHO's attentive

While this renewed epidemic arouses the fear of a " second wave ", the world health Organization (WHO) said on Monday to follow "very closely" the situation in Beijing and spoke of sending possible by additional experts in the next few days. Beijing reported Tuesday morning of 27 new cases during the past 24 hours, bringing to 106 the total number of cases registered for the past five days. The upswing in contagion is advantage of the huge wholesale market Xinfadi, one of the largest in Asia, where the virus has been spotted in the last week.

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Since then, four other markets of the capital have been closed in whole or in part and thirty surrounding residential areas have been placed in quarantine. The primary students and the college are now entitled to take the course from home.

Updated Date: 16 June 2020, 01:33

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