China is on high alert. After nearly dammed the epidemic since march with the introduction of drastic measures, the country is faced with the spectre of a second wave. In Beijing, 36 new cases of coronavirus have been detected in the last 24 hours that are in addition to the 39 other cases recorded since Friday, June 12.
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Ten new residential areas have been placed under quarantine in the chinese capital, announced on Monday the town hall. The city has discovered new cases of contamination in a wholesale market in the north-west of the capital, in the Haidian district, after having closed last week a huge fresh produce market in the south of the metropolis, in the district of Fengtai. Eleven residential districts had been placed in quarantine in this sector.
Beijing ahead of other cities ?
The authorities have started a mass screening of the employees of the market and its visitors, as well as inhabitants of the area, of which more than 10 000 have already been tested. Since Friday, Beijing account as well as 75 new cases of contamination. Several cities in the country to advise now their inhabitants to avoid the capital.
Three cases were also announced Monday in the neighboring province of Hebei. Ten other cases have been seen in people from foreign countries. Nationally, 18 cases without symptoms have also been enumerated. The government does not include these cases in its total stats. In total, China has been recorded since the beginning of the epidemic more than 83, 000 cases of contamination, including 4 634 fatal.
The first political sanctions are also fallen. The mayor of Beijing has sacked two senior officials of the district of Fengtai, which is located Xinfadi, as well as the director general of the market.
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Some shortages of fresh produce, for the time being limited, are also making themselves felt. The supermarket Xianhui, in the centre of Beijing, several stalls usually loaded with fruits were empty Monday. Employees have explained that they had been removed from the shelves, because they were the market Xinfadi.
Consult our folder : Coronavirus : the world stopUpdated Date: 15 June 2020, 07:33