China Medical News: Fresh COVID-19 Cases In Beijing Starts Fears Of Potential Second Wave. Schools Delay Opening
China Medical News
: Government authorities in Beijing announced today that it would delay primary school students returning to class after three fresh SRAS-Cov-2 coronavirus cases emerged in the capital the first after two months of no infections in the city.
It was not just the three cases that triggered the reactions and fears but reportedly certain medical professionals are saying that here has been numerous clusters of suspected cases all over the city the last week but authorities are keeping a tight lid on this.
The country has largely brought domestic coronavirus infections under control, and the majority of cases in recent months have been overseas nationals tested as they return home.
Local authorities announced one new case with no recent travel history outside the capital on Thursday, followed by two more cases on Friday.
The latest patients are employees of the China Meat Research Centre, city officials said at a daily press conference.
One patient had had travelled to Qingdao in east China within the past two weeks.
Both of Beijing's Xinfadi meat wholesale market and Jingshen seafood market were closed Friday for disinfection and environmental sample collection after it emerged both were visited by the patients, local media reported.
Beijing’s education commission said Friday it had cancelled first, second and third-graders' planned return to school on Monday affecting some 520,000 students, Xinhua reported.
The education commission said students who had already returned to school would carry on lessons as normal, but with stricter anti-epidemic measures in place. Students in the capital have gradually resumed lessons in waves since late April, after schools had been closed for three months during the coronavirus outbreak.
Beijing's last case before the recent spike was reported in mid-April.
In total, there have been 597 infections reported in the city 174 of which were imported from overseas and nine local deaths, according to official figures.
The recent announcements stoked fears of a fresh wave on social media.
In order to protect the capital, Beijing is redirecting international flights through other cities where passengers are quarantined and tested before being allowed to proceed.
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