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China's new coronavirus outbreak

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Beijing is reintroducing strict lockdown measures and rolling out mass testing after a fresh cluster of novel coronavirus cases emerged from the city's largest wholesale food market, sparking fears of a resurgence of the deadly outbreak.

Beijing authorities have locked down residential compounds and fired officials over a new Covid-19 outbreak as health officials warned the risk of the outbreak worsening was "very high". Xu Hejian, a spokesman for the Beijing city government, said on Sunday that Beijing had entered “an extraordinary period”. From Monday, 10 residential neighborhoods around a second seafood market, Yuquandong market in Haidian where one asymptomatic case was found over the weekend, were shut.

China reports 49 more virus cases as Beijing tests thousands. Chinese health officials reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday, including 36 more in the capital, Beijing, where a fresh cluster linked to a wholesale food market has fueled fears of a second wave of infections.

Beijing authorities have locked down residential compounds and fired officials over a new Covid-19 outbreak as health officials warned the risk of the outbreak worsening was "very high".

On Monday, authorities announced 49 new cases, 36 of which were linked to the Xinfadi seafood supermarket in Beijing’s southern Fengtai district. The market was closed on Saturday after it was identified as being at the center of a new cluster of cases.

"The risk of the epidemic spreading is very high, so we should take resolute and decisive measures," Xu Hejian, a spokesman for the Beijing city government, said at a press briefing on Monday. On Sunday he said Beijing had entered “an extraordinary period”.

As of midnight on Monday, 10 residential neighborhoods around a second seafood market, Yuquandong market in Haidian where one asymptomatic case was found over the weekend, had been shut. On Monday, officials said cases at Yuquandong were linked to the Xinfadi market. Residents have been ordered to quarantine at home and undergo tests for the virus.

Beijing, which had previously gone 55 days in which the only new infections were citizens returning from other countries, has reported a total of 79 cases in the past four days. The first case in the new outbreak was discovered on Thursday after a 52-year old man surnamed Tang was confirmed to have the virus. On Friday, authorities reported another six cases - all of them, including Tang, linked to the Xinfadi market.