New Covid-19 Cluster Sends Shock Waves Throughout China

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CNN:- Beijing is reintroducing strict lockdown measures and rolling out mass testing after a fresh cluster of novel coronavirus cases emerged from the city’s largest wholesale food market, sparking fears of a resurgence of the deadly outbreak.

The Chinese capital reported 36 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number to 79 since a locally transmitted infection was reported on June 12 for the first time in nearly two months, according to the National Health Commission.

A fresh cluster of novel coronavirus cases have emerged from a wholesale food market in Beijing, after the city reported no new local infections for nearly two months.

The cases are linked to Xinfadi market in the southwest of the city, which supplies most of the capital’s fresh fruit and vegetables.

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The market, which also sells meat and seafood, has been shut down since Saturday.
The outbreak has already spread to the provinces of Liaoning and Hebei, where a total of five new cases were found to be close contacts of patients in Beijing.

The new cluster has sent shock waves throughout China, with Beijing’s municipal government spokesman Xu Hejian describing it as “an extraordinary period” during a press conference Sunday.

Chinese state media has repeatedly touted China’s effective measures in containing the virus as the number of infections and deaths surged abroad, contrasting its success with the failures of Western governments, especially the United States.

The sudden reemergence of the virus in Beijing, previously considered among the country’s safest cities, has raised the prospect of a second wave of infections and the possible reintroduction of the types of sweeping lockdowns that had previously brought much of the country to a halt and hammered the economy.

At a meeting of the State Council, China’s cabinet, late on Sunday, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan said the risk of the latest outbreak spreading was “very high,” citing the market’s dense and highly mobile population, according to state news agency Xinhua.

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