Beijing Raises Emergency Level to ‘Severe’ and Grounds Hundreds of Flights as the City is Forced into Lockdown
ALL movement in and out of the city is now ‘strictly controlled’ as dozens more test positive for Covid-19 sparking fears of a dreaded second wave.
Millions of people in Beijing are living under renewed restrictions, as a spike in virus cases continues, there were reports of another 31 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 137 just in the past week alone.
The panic is because, before the recent spike, the Chinese capital had gone a whole 57 days without any locally-transmitted cases. This latest outbreak is believed to have started in the massive Xinfandi food market that supplies 80 per cent of the city’s meat and vegetables.
In addition to parts of the capital already back under lockdown, new travel restrictions have been reimposed on residents of areas considered at high risk, and limits introduced on public transport to reduce passenger numbers on buses and trains. Hundreds of Chinese medical workers are frantically setting up check-points across the city to check as many people as possible, officials know that this time around the virus will be even deadlier than before with even possibly an unknown strain.
Chinese state-run newspapers said the virus was discovered on chopping boards used for imported salmon at the market, which supplies much of the city’s meat and vegetables. The worry is that thousands may have picked up the disease as the market has been extremely busy over the last few weeks.