From Kate Cadel and Ryan Wu
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities put a district in the capital Beijing in an emergency and banned tourism in the city on Saturday, after it detected a series of new cases of Coronavirus associated with a large wholesale market, raising fears of a new wave of Covid-19 outbreak..
Zhou Junwei, an official in the Fengtai district southwest of Beijing, said on Saturday in a press statement that the region is “in a state of war emergency.””.
He added that tests that included 517 people in the Chinvadi market in the neighborhood showed that 45 of them were infected with the virus, although no Covid-19 symptoms appeared on any of them.
A city spokesperson said during the same statement that all six confirmed HIV infections recorded in Beijing on Friday visited the market and said the capital would immediately suspend sporting events and inter-regional tourism..
Zhou said that a person at an agricultural market in Haidian District in northwestern Beijing had also been diagnosed with corona without showing symptoms..
The Fengtai District municipality said it had closed 11 neighborhoods around the market as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.
The Shenfadi market was closed at 3 am on Saturday local time (1900 GMT Friday) after announcing on Friday that two men had been infected with the virus at a meat research center. The two had visited the market recently. It is not yet clear how the two men were infected with the Corona virus.
Health authorities visited the home of a Reuters reporter in Beijing’s Dongcheng district on Saturday and asked whether they had visited the Xinfadi market, about 15 km from the area. They said that the visit is part of follow-up patrols carried out by the neighborhood.
The National Health Commission of China said earlier on Saturday that it had detected 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus and seven cases without symptoms until the end of Friday. The committee announced in a statement that five of the new confirmed cases came from abroad, adding that the other six cases were recorded in the capital.
وقالت بلدية منطقة فنغتاي إنها أغلقت 11 حيا في محيط السوق في إطار إجراءات للحد من انتشار الفيروس
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