Hundreds of Beijing flights canceled after coronavirus resurgence
Jun 18 2020
Activist Jennifer Zeng, who posted the footage, claims that seven hotels were requisitioned as quarantine sites with people rounded up in an all-day operation after an outbreak linked to the Xinfadi wholesale market.
"Beijing has entered an extraordinary period", city spokesman Xu Hejia told reporters over the weekend.
Footage reveals officials in hazmat suits barking orders through a megaphone while people line up in queues and pack into buses amid fears that a second wave of virus cases is about to hit the country.
Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Monday that Tang started having symptoms on June 6, and another patient reported on Saturday starting symptoms on June 5.
China has sharply ramped up restrictions on people leaving the capital city in an effort to stop the most serious coronavirus flare-up since February from spreading to other cities and provinces. "We need to take decisive action ... resolutely control this gathering epidemic, and resolutely curb its spread inside and outside the city", Chen said.
Beijing's municipal health commissioned confirmed that 79 COVID-19 cases were domestically transmitted between June 11 to 14. Some foreign airlines, which are allowed to operate a limited number of flights into China, have also suspended their Beijing flights.
Chinese authorities say the virus may have originated from overseas, and they're suggesting it may have come via imported salmon.
The shutdown followed the closure on Monday of another market in the northwestern district of Haidian after three visitors there were confirmed to have contracted Covid-19. Samples of the virus were found on a chopping board in the now-closed market, but experts say that fish is unlikely to carry the disease and think the results can be explained by cross-contamination. He said that authorities detected the outbreak early enough to be confident they can contain it.
Hospitals across Beijing have sent medical staff to Ditan Hospital in the north of the city to treat the new Covid-19 patients, at least one of whom is in a critical condition, according to local news outlet Beijing Youth Daily.
People queuing at a testing facility in Beijing. "What we have seen with the global spread of the virus is that it is diversifying because it gets introduced to different areas and continues to circulate, so you see a signature that looks like this is now a "European virus", but that same signature may also be circulating in Asia - we don't know". The strain of the virus found in Xinfadi is also prevalent in the United States, Wu added.