45 people out of 517 tested with throat swabs at the Xinfadi market in the city's southwestern Fengtai district had tested positive for the coronavirus, district official Chu Junwei said at a briefing. Fengtai district officials said a "wartime mechanism" and "field command center" has been established to deal with this fresh wave.
Also Sunday, China's air regulator announced China Southern Airlines was required to suspend flights between Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the southern city of Guangzhou for four weeks after 17 passengers on Thursday's flight tested positive for the virus. The market also includes wholesale sections dedicated to beef, lamb and seafood. "Wartime emergency" measures have been imposed, shutting 11 residential compounds and several schools near the market.
Following the emergence of virus in the market, nine related people have been put into quarantine even though their test results were negative, Zhang Yuxi, head of the Xinfadi market, told the Beijing News on Friday.
As of Friday, the overall confirmed cases in China had reached 83,075, including 74 patients who were still being treated, with no one in severe condition.
City officials then made a decision to test all the workers at the market for the coronavirus.
Beijing's largest seafood and produce market has been shuttered and surrounding neighbourhoods placed into lockdown after more than 50 people tested positive for the coronavirus, renewing concern that China's grip on the pandemic is not yet secure.
The Haidian worker is a close contact of one of the confirmed cases linked to Xinfadi market.
The National Health Commission (NHC) said 36 of the new cases were domestic infections in the capital. It has been recording more than 20,000 new cases a day.
Almost everyone who tested positive had worked or shopped at the market, which employs upwards of 10,000 people. The market was then closed temporarily for disinfection work.
AFP reporters saw hundreds of police officers, many wearing masks and gloves, and dozens of paramilitary police deployed at the market. "We can not rule out subsequent cases in the future", said Pang.
Brazil now has the second-highest number of virus deaths after the United States, surpassing Britain's toll, and the Chilean health minister resigned on Saturday amid a furore over the country's true number of fatalities. Both markets lie within a 7 km radius of the meat research facility.
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