Fears of coronavirus second wave as China goes into ‘wartime emergency mode’ lockdown – Latest News


None of the patients who tested positive for the disease presented any symptoms of the deadly Covid-19 virus.

The city has been put in to a strict lockdown and food markets closed after 45 people tested positive out of 517 tested at the Xinfadi market.

Food markets have been closed and a lockdown has been installed after 45 people tested positive for coronavirus without symptoms Xinfadi market in capital Beijing

Chinese police at the entrance to the closed Xinfadi market in Beijing

Locals wearing protective clothing near Xinfadi market

China has reacted with a ‘wartime emergency’ scale lockdown

Authorities in China are also looking for people who recently visited the market to be tested.

China has sparked fears of a second wave of the deadly coronavirus pandemic after a spike in infections in the capital city of Beijing.

Tourists have been banned, lockdown is in place across 11 neighbourhoods near the Xinfadi market, and 10,000 market staff are to be tested for the virus, reports the BBC.

The Sun reports Chu Junwei, an official of Beijing’s southwestern Fengtai district, telling members of the public the area is in “wartime emergency mode”.

The new outbreak has presented the first new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Beijing for over 50 days.

While plans to reopen schools in the city on Monday have been scrapped as concerns over the new cases spread.

Chinese officials have suspended all sports events in the capital, while the Xinfadi market was closed down on Saturday morning.

China has been accused of lying about the true extent of coronavirus cases – with some experts fearing the number of cases could be four times higher than official figures.

It is believed the global outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan – 1,172km south of Beijing.

The figure is four times the amount recorded by the communist country.

Research by academics at Hong Kong University’s school of public health suggested in April that 232,000 people may have been infected by the first wave of Covid-19 in mainland China.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has also been accused of helping China cover up the outbreak of coronavirus – with US President Donald Trump being one of the fiercest critics.


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