Coronavirus has hit China again as Beijing reported 36 new cases. These new cases were locally transmitted.
Not only this, but the capital city had also reported 36 cases on Saturday. These cases were transmitted locally. No new case had been reported earlier in more than 50 days.
The country’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan warned that the risk of further spread is high, and called officials to implement “decisive measures”.
The news agency reported that 79 cases are linked to the Xinfadi market, Beijing’s largest wholesale market. Whereas, confirmed or suspected cases have been reported in three other provinces, Liaoning, Hebei, and Sichuan.
China’s National Health Commission said that no new cases were reported in Beijing on Thursday, but 6 new cases were reported on Friday, the first cases in around 2 months.
The market was placed under lockdown and restrictions were enforced in 11 neighborhoods.
The international news agency reported that officials have asked schools and nurseries to shut down and reopening of primary schools has been postponed.
Some 10,000 market staff will be screened for the virus.
According to the chief epidemiologist of China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), virus strain found in Beijing is not identical to the virus spreading across China. It suggested that the virus might have been brought in from elsewhere.