The city of Beijing has been put under a soft lockdown after officials reported at least 100 new locally spread coronavirus cases in the past week.
In a press conference on Tuesday, the city’s Deputy Secretary Chen Bei raised the pandemic alert from Level 3 to Level 2 with the highest alert being Level 1.
The alert came after an outbreak on Thursday at the city’s largest wholesale food market, Xinfadi. Since the outbreak in the market, Beijing has had a total of 106 new infections.
City authorities have restricted outbound travel and ordered approximately 30,000 restaurants to be disinfected.
The wholesale food market located in Beijing’s southwestern Fengtai district is one of Beijing’s largest markets and supplies fresh produce and meat to a great portion of the city. The market spans 277 acres and houses more than 2,000 stalls. The market has been shut down since the outbreak.Also Read Wearing a Face Mask Could Prevent Second Wave of Covid19
Authorities have shut down all schools, recreational venues and cancelled major sporting events.
Additionally, authorities are conducting tests on more than 200,000 people who have been to the market and requesting them to restrict travel for medical observation. Two other neighboring food markets have also been shut down after confirmed connections with Xinfadi food market.
A resident from one of the communities under the lockdown said she was not too worried about the situation due to China’s ability to contain the virus quickly. “To be honest, I’m not too worried,” she said. “I think we have a lot of experience in containment measures, and we’re able to react very swiftly (to the new outbreak).”