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Beijing coronavirus cases to see 'cliff-like' drop this week
Published on: 2020-06-23
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Volunteer Wang Yue R checks a residents body temperature at the entrance of a community in Haidian District in Beijing capital of ChinaVolunteer Wang Yue (R) checks a resident's body temperature at the entrance of a community in Haidian District in Beijing, capital of China

Beijing will see a “cliff-like” drop in new cases in the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus by the end of this week with efforts to cut chains of transmission underway, a disease control expert has said.
 

The city of more than 20 million people reported its first case of a new spike in COVID-19 infections on June 11, linked to the sprawling Xinfadi wholesale food market.
 

In all, 236 people have been infected in the worst outbreak in Beijing since the COVID-19 was identified at a seafood market in Wuhan City in Hubei Province late last year.

The Xinfadi wholesale market has been closed since a fresh coronavirus outbreak was detected thereThe Xinfadi wholesale market has been closed since a fresh coronavirus outbreak was detected there

Beijing reported on Monday that nine new cases had been confirmed the previous day, sharply down from 22 a day earlier. The nine new cases were reported from four districts: five from Fengtai, two from Haidian and one each from Xicheng and Chaoyang.
 

"If you control the source and cut the chain of transmission, the number will have a ‘cliff-like’ drop,” Wu Hao, a disease control expert from the National Health Commission, told state television in an interview aired late on Sunday.
 

Wu said Beijing was not headed for a “flood-like” lockdown, unlike early efforts in Wuhan when little was known about the virus, adding that lockdown tactics were more targeted this time.
 

However, the epidemic situation in the capital remains grim and complex despite positive trend in COVID-19 containment, Xu Hejian, spokesperson for the city government, said on Monday.

Staff work in a COVID 19 testing laboratory which went into trial operation on Monday at a sports venue in Beijings Daxing DistrictStaff work in a COVID-19 testing laboratory, which went into trial operation on Monday, at a sports venue in Beijing’s Daxing District

As of Monday, Beijing had designated four neighborhoods as high-risk and 39 as medium-risk, to control the spread of the virus. People can leave and enter the medium-risk neighborhoods, with temperature checks and registration, but high-risk communities are totally locked down.
 

To identify carriers, Beijing has been conducting tests on people deemed in higher-risk groups such as restaurant workers and food and parcel couriers.
 

Residents in some low-risk neighborhoods have also been tested. As of Saturday, about 2.3 million Beijing residents had been sampled for nucleic acid tests.
 

Authorities said they had launched a blanket search and testing campaign at the city’s construction sites, where three confirmed COVID-19 cases emerged.
 

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said on Monday the three cases were reported from two construction sites.

Medical workers collect throat swabs from construction workers at a construction site in Dongcheng District of BeijingMedical workers collect throat swabs from construction workers at a construction site in Dongcheng District of Beijing

The commission said it had inspected 435 projects in the city and given nucleic acid tests to 1,622 people there who had visited or contacted people from the Xinfadi food market.
 

The two construction sites have been put under closed-off management.
 

Meanwhile, Hebei Province that surrounds Beijing reported two new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the provincial health commission said on Monday.
 

The two cases were close contacts of previously confirmed Hebei infections that were related to cases in Beijing.

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