Jun 15, 2020

Beijing reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

Beijing recorded 36 confirmed new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and six new asymptomatic cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said Monday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Chinese capital now stands at 499, including 411 who had been discharged from hospitals after recovery and nine deaths. There are still 79 patients receiving medical treatment in hospitals and seven asymptomatic cases under medical observation.

So far, at least eight districts in Beijing have reported confirmed cases. The city reported zero local transmissions for 56 days before June 11.

Beijing conducts 76,499 COVID-19 tests on June 14

Beijing has conducted 76,499 COVID-19 tests on Sunday, with 59 of them showing positive results, an official said at a regular press conference on Monday morning.

According to the official, Beijing has completed the collection of 41,510 samples for COVID-19 tests from 11 neighborhoods near Xinfadi wholesale market, and 6,284 have shown negative results so far.

Xinfadi, a large wholesale market that sells fruits, vegetables and meat, is located in the capital's Fengtai District and has been caught in the spotlight after a new coronavirus cluster was linked to it.

Officials sacked after COVID-19 cases reported in Fengtai District

Beijing sacked a district head and punished other government officials after a new COVID-19 outbreak was linked to Xinfadi wholesale market, an official confirmed at Monday's press conference.

The move came after the capital city reported dozens of cases of people who were found to have had some form of contact with the Xinfadi market.

Related cases found in Liaoning and Hebei provinces

On Sunday, north China's Hebei Province also registered three domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, which local authorities confirmed were all related to Beijing's cases.

Baoding City in Hebei Province is now in "wartime emergency" mode, with prevention and control measures tightened, according to the local government.

Earlier on June 13, Northeast China's Liaoning Province also reported two new confirmed infections. Both of them were also close contacts of the confirmed cases in Beijing, the local health commission said.

Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Sunday reported a new suspected case of the novel coronavirus that is also linked to a case in Beijing.

On Sunday, Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan called for resolute and decisive measures in Beijing to avoid further spreading of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Containing the epidemic at the source is essential, Sun said, as she urged comprehensive efforts to trace the origin of the virus.