(Express) – A seafood market in Beijing has been shut down and surrounded by armed police after authorities detected a cluster of new coronavirus cases in the area. Now sporting events in the city and inter-provincial tourism have been shut down with fears the whole city may go into lockdown.



BBC news correspondent in Beijing tweeted: “In Beijing a new cluster of coronavirus cases emanating from a seafood market. Footage appears to show hundreds of People’s Armed Police sent to the Xin Fa Di wholesale market.

“Officials said traces of the coronavirus found on a chopping board with ‘imported’ salmon.” BBC correspondent Stephen McDonell added: “This doesn’t mean the virus came from the fish. “It could just be that the person chopping it was infected.” Authorities are extremely worried as the Xin Fa Di Market is so vast it is said to supply 80 percent of Beijing’s vegetables and meat.

Now the whole district is said to be in “wartime emergency mode” following the spike in novel coronavirus cases. Chu Junwei, an official of Beijing’s Fengtai district, said at a briefing that throat swabs from 45 people, out of 517 tested at the district’s Xinfadi market, had tested positive for the new coronavirus. The official claimed that the new cases of coronavirus in the Chinese capital had all visited the market. READ MORE

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