The Chinese Ministry of Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 in Beijing alone on Friday, hours after the closure of Anxin County in Hebei Province south of the Chinese capital was announced The mandatory detention of around 400,000 people after nearly twenty infections at this point was confirmed related to the wholesale market in Xinfadi, the epicenter of the recent outbreak of the disease.
The drastic measure announced on Saturday was implemented immediately after 18 coronavirus cases were discovered, all related to the outbreak of the Beijing market. Up to five of these cases are asymptomatic, according to the Shanghai newspaper “Jiefang Daily”.
The authorities responsible for combating the corona virus warned that this was an “extremely serious” situation and justified these restrictions in order to avoid contagion with other regions and within the district itself.
On the other hand, the Chinese Ministry of Health registered a total of twelve new cases this Monday. In addition to the seven in Beijing, five more were discovered from abroad, Xinhua reports.