He is believed to have contracted the virus after going to a market and buying fish for his family.
Filmed from his hospital bed, Tang, 52, is the grandad who has been named as “patient zero” behind the latest outbreak in China in local news reports.
Coronavirus cases in Beijing, China, have spiked from zero to 137 in under a week with a 52-year-old granddad called Tang unveiled as “patient zero” after going out to buy fish
Explaining how he became sick, he told Beijing TV: “I went to buy some fish.
The man at the epicentre of the second wave of coronavirus in Beijing has been named in Chinese media – and he has spoken out for the first time.
“My children wanted to have fish.
Footage shows him lying in his hospital bed and waving, before being interviewed by reporters.
He gives a thumbs up at the end of the interview but it is not clear if he is well enough to get out of bed by himself.
“I thought I’d go buy some, and then I got hit (by the virus).”
Beijing has reported 137 domestic infections in the past six days after 50 days with no new cases.
China has sent a mobile coronavirus testing lab to Beijing in response to the crisis where it will test up to 1,000 people a day.
The new outbreak is linked to Xinfadi market, a covered wholesale food market in Beijing’s southern district of Fengtai.
Thousands of flights and train journeys have now been cancelled in the city as the nation tries to contain the virus in small populations of people to stop its spread.
Most of the new cases are linked to the huge Xinfadi wholesale market which provides 80% of the sprawling city with food.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the new outbreak as a “significant” event.
Reports in local media claimed the infections might be linked to chopping boards used for European imported fish at Xinfadi but the theory has no direct evidence.