Beijing officials are racing to track 200,000 people after a new outbreak hit the Chinese capital

People who visited or lived near the food market queue in Xinfadi to test for coronavirus screening at the Guang'an Sports Center in Beijing, on June 14.
People who visited or lived near the food market queue in Xinfadi to test for coronavirus screening at the Guang’an Sports Center in Beijing on June 14. Noel Celis / AFP / Getty Images

Beijing health officials are tracking nearly 200,000 people who have visited the wholesale seafood market, which is in the midst of a major outbreak of the Corona Virus in the Chinese capital.

The city has reported more than 79 cases of new coronaviruses since last Thursday, most of them linked to the Shenvadi food market.

The authorities are trying to track all of those who have visited the site since May 30. The market is a major source of food for the city, and it was closed following the outbreak.

At least 11 neighborhoods surrounding the area have been closed.

“We have organized door-knock activities, and this means we will visit people [who have visited the market] “Call them or call them on WeChat and other applications,” said Xu Ying, a government official in Beijing.
“Now … we are organizing DNA and quarantine tests at home for them.”

Xinfadi Market accounts for about 80% of the total production of agricultural products in Beijing. About 18,000 tons of vegetables and 20,000 tons of fruits are on the market every day, according to the Chinese state media organization CGTN.

Wang Hongkun, a government official in Beijing, said the authorities are working to ensure the city’s food supplies following the market closure.

China said on Monday it was in close contact with the World Health Organization over the latest outbreak.

“China and the World Health Organization have been in close contact with the latest developments of the Covid 19 project,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Legian Monday.

Zhao said he had no information on whether Chinese health officials had shared the gene sequence from the latest set of cases in Beijing with the WHO.

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