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Beijing: New coronovirus outbreak has infected 256 people Beijing Since the beginning of June is “under control”, officials in the Chinese capital said on Wednesday, but the fear still remains at the risk of community transmission.
Authorities have stopped an outbreak involving Beijing’s largest wholesale food market since the first case was announced on June 11, leading to the city’s partial lockout.
“The epidemic directly linked to the Beijing epidemic (market) is basically under control, but at the same time we have discovered cases of domestic and workplace cluster infections and community transmission,” Xu Hejian, spokesman for the Beijing municipal government, said in a briefing.
“The situation of containment and control remains complex; we cannot lower our guard even a little.”
Officials found that 253 of Beijing’s 256 cases were linked to Shinfadi in the south of the city, while contact tracing was still ongoing for the remaining three.
The city announced seven new cases on Wednesday, with the rate of infection slowing from earlier this week.
“It sends a very positive signal, and it proves that recently, as well as measures for the prevention and control of the lockdown of residential compounds are effective,” said Lei Haichao, head of the Beijing Health Commission.
“The discovery of fever clinics from close contacts, (cases) and mass nucleic acid testing has played an important role in early detection.”
Lei said that in early June the city increased its daily nucleic acid sample testing capacity from 100,000 to 300,000 per day.
About three million people have been tested.
In many cases there are low-income migrant workers at restaurants in Shinfady and nearby. The market and dozens of residential complexes have been closed since 13 June.
Beijing has tested wholesale market workers, restaurant workers, residents of medium and high-risk neighborhoods, and delivery couriers during the past week.
The city of Wuhan, where early Kovid outbreaks emerged late last year, and Mudenjiang have also seen similar large-scale trial campaigns to root out unseen asymptomatic cases.
Experts warned that small, recurrent outbreaks were likely to occur in the future.
A major respiratory specialist, Zong Nanshan, said “cases may increase in winter or next spring, but I don’t think the outbreak of the first wave of the epidemic will be so large.” SARS epidemic, on Wednesday.

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