Coronavirus: Beijing confirms 27 new local cases as testing at food market continues

  • This comes after a new cluster linked to Xinfadi wholesale market was discovered last week
  • There have been 106 infections in the Chinese capital since Thursday
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A man in personal protection gear sprays disinfectant at a testing site at the Guangan Sport Center after an unexpected spike of cases of the coronavirus disease in Beijing, China.

Beijing reported 27 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of infections in China’s capital to 106 since last Thursday. In addition to the new cases in Beijing, four were reported in Hebei and one in Sichuan.

This comes after an outbreak at the Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing’s southwestern district of Fengtai. Covering 112 hectares, the centre is the biggest of its kind in Asia and supplies food to northern provinces .

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Authorities have locked down 21 residential estates in Fengtai and the northern district of Haidian, which is also home to a big food market. Access to the areas is strictly controlled and mass coronavirus testing is under way.School students wash their hands at a school yard in Beijing as thousands of students started returning to their classes after a long closure amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: DPA

Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said the genetic sequencing and analysis of virus samples were complete.

Speaking at a meeting late Monday, Gao said work had been carried out to track down the origins of the recent outbreak.