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Two hypotheses about the origin of the new outbreak in Beijing

Two hypotheses about the origin of the new outbreak in Beijing 8

Two hypotheses about the origin of the new outbreak in Beijing

On June 14, China recorded 57 new cases of nCoV infection, the highest increase in the past two months.

Beijing authorities then ordered the market to close and blockade neighboring communities for 11 days.

The new development of the epidemic broke the city’s 56-day streak of not recording a Covid-19 case, raising the question of why the market suddenly became a source of virus spread.

Wu Zunyou, an epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, hypothesized the origin of the new outbreak.

The first possibility, according to Mr. Wu, is that seafood and food imported from other countries – areas where Covid-19 is still prevalent, may contain the virus before being transported to the market.

Second, Xinfadi is one of Beijing’s largest trading markets, which supplies 80% of vegetables and agricultural products to the capital of 21 million people.

Mr. Wu said the possibility of pathogens being `imported` from countries around the world is more likely, based on the current situation in the capital.

Xinfadi Market, with an area of more than 1 million square meters, has thousands of traders coming to buy and sell every day.

Xinfadi market, Beijing city, was closed on June 12.

Chinese experts outlined three specific ways to control the outbreak and prevent the `second wave` scenario.

The first is to conduct a thorough epidemiological investigation of all new cases and close contacts, finding the chain of virus transmission.

By combining all three approaches, experts will get a complete picture and identify the source of the new cluster.

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