Covid-19: Chinese capital locks down residential communities

by Muizat Hameed

The Chinese capital, Beijing, has given directive to lock down 11 residential communities situated near a wholesale food market in order to try curbing a new outbreak of COVID-19.

The capital’s officials said on Saturday June 13, 2020, that, “45 workers at the Xinfadi market tested positive for the coronavirus, though they showed no symptoms. That was in addition to an earlier announcement of seven people with symptoms who had visited or worked at the market.”

“Forty environmental samples taken at the market also tested positive.” the officials said.

In a social media post by the Beijing’s local newspaper, it was said that Communist Party members and volunteers were being organized to shop for food and other daily necessities for the affected residents.

Authorities has also delayed the scheduled reopening of schools on Monday for first to third graders and also suspended athletics events.

“One immediate casualty was an orienteering race slated for Saturday” , the News Agency said.

The National Center for the Performing Arts, which had just reopened on June 2,has also reclosed, according to the media report.

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