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China outbreak panic: Thousands flood Beijing streets for emergency COVID-19 testing

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A coronavirus outbreak in China’s Xinfadi market in the southwest of Beijing has caused panic amongst citizens. This new cluster of cases, believed to have originated from this popular market had forced officials to administer emergency coronavirus testing. CNN’s Steven Jiang explained the current situation in Beijing and the fears surrounding a fresh outbreak of the deadly virus. 

Mr Jiang said: “The authorities here in Beijing have shut down a huge wholesale food market.

“They have declared war-time emergencies for several city neighbourhoods with an emergence of a new cluster of cases.

“The Chinese capital had not seen any new cases for almost two months until last Thursday.

“Since then they have recorded more than 40 confirmed cases with almost all of them having links to the market.”

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Mr Jiang also explained why COVID-19 was able to spread so quickly and vastly at the market.

He said: “This market housed thousands of vendors and it saw huge crowds on a daily basis.

“Now that market and its surrounding neighbourhoods have now been sealed off.

“There is also now a mass testing programme for anyone who had visited the market since May 30th as well as their close contacts.

Mr Jiang noted the Government was conducting emergency testing for all citizens in Beijing showing coronavirus symptoms.

He added residents were beginning to feel anxious of the possibility of another severe lockdown.

He continued: “The officials are mandating coronavirus testing for anyone with a fever seeking medical treatment.

“But still the city’s 20 million residents are getting increasingly concerned and anxious.

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“Not only for their health but for their food supply.

“The shutdown market once provided 70 percent of the cities vegetables.

The Xinfadi market is one of Beijing’s largest and has prompted the inspection of fresh meat and seafood in the city.

Inspectors found 40 samples of the virus in the closed market, including on a chopping board for imported salmon.

Resulting in supermarket chains taking salmon off their shelves over the weekend.

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