China reports 12 new COVID-19 cases vs 17 a day earlier

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 29, 2020

After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in neighbouring Hebei province in recent weeks.

The lockdown reportedly impacts around 4 lakh people. Families are only permitted to send one person per household outside to purchase supplies once a day - and all outside vehicles are banned.

No non-residents residents will be allowed to enter buildings, communities or villages.

Officials announced that in Anxin country, which is located 150 kilometers from Beijing, only essential workers will be allowed to leave their homes.

The current outbreak was first detected in mid-June and has been traced back to Beijing's sprawling Xinfadi wholesale food market, which supplies much of the city's fresh produce, sparking concerns over the safety of the food supply chain.

Since mid-June, Beijing has reported a total of 318 COVID-19 cases.

Almost a third of the cases so far have been linked to a beef and mutton section in the market, where workers are being quarantined for a month, city officials said yesterday. Over 2,100 people from Anxin county do seafood-related business in Xinfadi, state media reported, citing municipal government officials.

Meanwhile, South Korea reported 62 more cases, raising the total number of infections to 12,715, Xinhua reported.

While this is a small number compared with the thousands of daily cases in the USA or South America, China reacted quickly to contain any spread.

Before the recent outbreak, Beijing had not reported a single locally-transmitted case in 57 days.

The COVID-19 pandemic originated in China at the end of past year but the number of new infections has since dropped dramatically.

The country has "flattened the curve". Till March, China had reported 80,000 confirmed cases.

China has reimposed a coronavirus lockdown on about 400,000 people in an area near Beijing after a spike in cases.

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