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The new outbreak of Beijing is a reminder that the coronavirus can return at any time

The new outbreak of Beijing is a reminder that the coronavirus can return at any time
Adam D. Crook
Written by Adam D. Crook

For 55 days, the Chinese capital has not reported any locally infected infections and life has returned to normal. Businesses and schools reopened, people went back to work, and the city’s public transport and parks were once again crowded.

But the fa ముఖade of normality was shattered last week The latest group of coronavirus cases Out of the city’s vast wholesale food market, more than 180 people were infected by Friday.
Within a few days, the metropolis of more than 20 million people a Partial lockdown. Authorities have reintroduced previously used regulatory measures to fight the initial wave of infections, shutting down residential areas, closing schools and banning hundreds of thousands who are thought to be at risk of contracting the virus without leaving the city. Over 356,000 people were tested in just five days.

The position of the Communist Party’s power and the fires of epidemics in Beijing, previously considered one of the safest cities in the country, is a reminder of how easy it is to return to places where the virus is thought to have been contaminated.

Five days before the start of the current outbreak, Beijing officials have reduced the city’s four-level public health emergency response alert from level 2 to level 3. It was raised to Level 2 on Tuesday night.

Such cautionary tales have repeatedly occurred in recent months, with governments reviving after the initial infection numbers were put under control.

South Korea, which is highly acclaimed for having the virus, has been battling an increase in infections since late May after easing social distance rules and reopening schools. Coronavirus was considered a success story until Singapore The wave of epidemics April broke out among migrant workers living in packed lodges.

The second wave of infections

In China, early infections were high by the end of March, largely thanks to the lockdown measures, which halted much of the country. As the outbreak intensified in other countries, China closed its borders to many foreigners, put rigorous checks at airports and detained all returning Chinese citizens. Despite preventive measures, local epidemic groups were blown up in the north-east of the country in April and May, all linked to imported cases.

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But the current outbreak in Beijing is still the worst revival of the coronavirus, and officials are still trying to determine its source.

In the past, Reports linked to the outbreak After traces of the virus are found on a chopping board used by a vendor of imported salmon in the market, for seafood or meat. However, there are now concerns that the virus has been quietly spreading for weeks before it was first discovered.

“This outbreak in Beijing probably did not begin in late May or early June, but probably a month earlier,” said Gao Fu, director of the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at a meeting in Shanghai on Tuesday.

“(The market) should have a lot of symptom-free or mild cases, which is why a lot of the virus is detected in the environment,” he says.

Testimony from the United States Between 25% and 45% of those infected do not show symptoms, and epidemiological studies show that those individuals can spread the virus to someone who has not.

Over the past few months, some Chinese health professionals have warned against a second wave of infections, repeatedly claiming the success of the government in spreading Chinese media and disagreeing with the failures of Western governments.

Special Interview With CNN in May, China’s top respiratory expert, Dr. Hong Nanshan, warned that China still faces a “major challenge” for the virus to return, and that the authorities should not be complacent.

“The majority … at the moment the Chinese are infected with the Covid-19 infection because of a lack of immunity,” Zhang said. “We are facing (a) big challenge. At the moment, it is no better than foreign countries I think.”

Delivery worker delivering the goods ordered online to a resident living in the compound under lockdown in Beijing.

The outbreak is “under control”

The outbreak in Beijing is the latest test of China’s coronavirus control strategy.

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On Thursday, China’s CDC chief epidemiologist Wu Xunyu hit a successful tone and announced that the outbreak in Beijing was already “under control.”

Wu said there are likely to be new confirmed cases with the market in the coming days – but not because of the latest broadcast.

“Newly diagnosed cases every day are not the same as new infections, and outbreaks do not mean that there will be no new cases tomorrow,” Wu said.

“Cases will be reported tomorrow and the next day. These reported cases are a process of detecting previous infections. Not new infections. New infections are rare,” Wu said.

The chief epidemiologist says that with a large number of global new cases, the new outbreak in Beijing is not unexpected.

“As long as there are risks of imported cases, small-scale groups caused by imported infections and imported infections can occur anywhere in China. From this perspective (the Beijing outbreak) is common,” he said.

Steven Jiang of CNN contributed to the reporting.

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Adam D. Crook

Adam D. Crook

Adam is a charismatic science communicator respected for his deep understanding of US S&T system. "New Frontiers in Science & Development' is the online platform he contributes to actively in addition to Science and Getty Images. He has won many national and international awards for his work. Explaining complexities of science in a simple language is his forte. He has extensive experience in reporting about the United State atomic energy program.
His pioneering work show casing US’s maiden mission to Mars and Moon has been applauded this aired in English for Television. In his two decades of writing for the prestigious American weekly Science, his stories have highlighted.

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