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Beijing locks down dozens of communities amid fresh COVID-19 outbreak (2020/06/15)

After four days of new COVID-19 cases emerging in China's capital, Beijing Municipal government has announced lockdown measures for dozens of urban communities. On Sunday, 36 new cases were diagnosed in the city, as well as three more in Hebei, linked to visits to Beijing. The center of the latest outbreak is a wet market, where it's believed contaminated fish may have been part of the chain of transmission.

Beijing residents gather in a public area and queue to get tested. As COVID-19 cases once more break out in China’s capital, testing has been rolled out urgently. More than 76,000 people were tested on Sunday.

Xu Hejian
Beijing Municipal Information Office
We should carry out all the nucleic acid tests necessary, on as many people as are willing. We’ll test everyone involved with the wet market where the new outbreak is centered, as well as all the residents who live in that area.

Beijing’s municipal government has locked down 11 high-risk communities surrounding the market at the center of the outbreak, barring outsiders from entry. In another area of the city, confirmed COVID cases have been linked to Yuquandong玉泉東 Market. On Monday, 10 communities surrounding Yuquandong were told to adopt lockdown-like measures.

The city says it will ensure residents of locked-down communities get the material assistance they need. But online, reports are already appearing that claim fresh fruit and vegetables have disappeared from the communities’ stores.

Meanwhile, the key question is where this latest outbreak has come from. And authorities are still scrambling for clues, able to say only that it must have come from outside the city.

Voice of Yang Peng
Beijing Center for Disease Control
Through whole genome sequencing, we know this virus strain comes from Europe.

Beijing residents have been alarmed by media reports claiming coronavirus particles were found on a board used to chop salmon in the market at the center of the new outbreak. But Taiwanese infectious disease expert Huang Li-min黃立民 says salmon is probably not a potential COVID-19 host. Humans are the likely source of the contagion.

Dr. Huang Li-min
Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan
People in the market were infected and they have contaminated the foodstuffs. The transmission is probably a mixture of contaminated food and human-to-human transmission. They need to work out where that salmon was sold to. It won’t have been sold to just one market. The distributors should go out and check if the salmon sold to the other places is also contaminated. What’s more likely though is that someone came into the market with the virus. There’s no evidence at the moment about whether fish can be infected or not. It’s pointing toward probably not. But before we have further evidence, I can’t make a definitive statement.

Huang thinks you probably can’t catch COVID-19 from fish, especially because they’re cold-blooded. But with research on the virus still in its infancy, few doctors dare say for sure how it behaves.
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[[聲源: 北京疾控中心專家楊鵬]]



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