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Environmental pollution among the possible causes of new infections in Beijing due to a new COVID-19 outbreak

Beijing /  Beijing today increased the level of emergency response by COVID-19 in an attempt to stop the massive spread of the new coronavirus outbreak detected last Thursday in the city’s main market and which has already left more than a hundred positives, Municipal authorities reported.

The Undersecretary General of the Peking Municipal Government, Chen Bei, announced at a press conference that as of this Tuesday the city goes from the third to the second level of emergency, with which, among other measures, the neighboring communities will once again verify the identity and residents’ health status and taking their temperature.

Likewise, all face-to-face classes in primary, secondary and higher education are suspended, and residents are advised to work from home, while communities in “high” risk areas – for example, with confirmed cases – will be sealed and not no one will be allowed to leave them.

Underground markets will also be closed, while libraries, museums and parks will open for a limited time and with a capacity of no more than 30% of their capacity.

Suspension of interprovincial flights

Interprovincial flights are also suspended and transprovincial group travel is prohibited, Chen announced, explaining that “the situation in Beijing is still serious.”

The official added that people residing in “medium-high” risk areas and personnel related to the Xinfadi wholesale market, where this outbreak originated, are prohibited from leaving Beijing at the moment.

Those who want to leave the city will be required to submit a negative coronavirus test in the week prior to their departure, Chen added.

According to the municipal government, the virus was caused either by human-to-human transmission or by “environmental contamination”.

Lastly, the official assured that the new measures do not imply that work or production stop, although she advised residents to work from home and stressed that they should always wear masks indoors.

“At war” against the new outbreak

The authorities, who yesterday declared themselves “at war” against this new outbreak, today reported 27 new cases in the city on Monday, bringing the number to date of 106 positives, a situation that the municipal government described as “extremely worrying”.

The return to normality after the city lowered the emergency level in early June is therefore on hold, and the authorities’ priority now is to prevent the virus from spreading or reaching other cities.

On the other hand, nucleic acid tests continue for all those who have had contact with confirmed cases or who have visited the market of Xinfadi, the main one of the metropolis, closed since last Saturday.

In addition to testing and control and prevention measures, the city has stepped up inspection of the fresh produce, frozen pork, veal, lamb and poultry markets, and other businesses, including supermarkets and restaurants, are examined to ensure that they do not products contaminated with the pathogen circulate. (June 17, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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todavía no han tomado medidas para tratar de controlar ese nuevo brote de COVID-19
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