Beijing has recorded 36 new locally-transmitted Coronavirus cases, amid fears of a second wave in the Chinese capital.
Officials said on Monday July 15, that they traced the cases to a major wholesale food market after almost two infection-free months. Another 36 cases were also recorded on Saturday.
The country’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan called on officials to take “decisive measures”, warning that the risk of further spread remained high.
The general manager of the market has been dismissed, along with other local officials.
Three other provinces, Liaoning, Hebei, and Sichuan have also reported confirmed or suspected cases connected to Beijing.
According to China’s National Health Commission, Beijing recorded one new virus case on Thursday and six on Friday. On Saturday, 36 new local cases were recorded in Beijing, all related to Xinfadi market, the biggest wholesale market in all of Asia.
The market was quickly placed under lockdown and restrictions were imposed in 11 nearby neighbourhoods.
On Monday, ten more neighbourhoods around the market were restricted, said CGTN.