China puts half a million into lockdown amid fresh outbreak fears

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

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

As a result, health officials announced on Sunday that the county would be "fully enclosed and controlled".

In a sign that the resurgence of cases in the capital is proving hard to stamp out even as officials say they've been largely contained, Hebei province's Anxin county has been sealed off and each household can assign only one person to go out for necessities daily, reported state media.

Further, only one member from each household will be allowed to go outside once a day for necessities.

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

The pathogen was traced to the chopping board of a salmon vendor in the biggest Beijing wholesale market, Xinfadi, sparking a nationwide boycott of the seafood.

Tens of millions of Chinese people were ordered to stay at home during the lockdown at the height of COVID-19 outbreak in Hubei province and other parts of the country.

About a third of the total cases in the new outbreak have been linked to beef and mutton section in the market.

A new outbreak was first reported in the capital's Xinfadi food market.

The city also reported one new asymptomatic case, a patient who has the coronavirus but is not exhibiting symptoms, compared with three such cases a day earlier.

However, 18 new cases have been reported in Anxin in the past two weeks, Chinese authorities said.

Some 12 cases of the novel coronavirus were found in the county - including 11 linked to Xinfadi, the state-run Global Times reported.

Six months after the virus first emerged from China, the coronavirus has sickened over 10 million people and killed more than 500,000 and the pandemic is gaining new momentum in the Americas.

The country has "flattened the curve".

The rest of China has seen only a small trickle of single-digit infections, most of which were imported cases, which means travellers returning from overseas. It has only added around 4,700 cases since.

The new cases in Beijing have prompted fears of a resurgence of the virus in China.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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