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Another Chinese city reports hundreds of new coronavirus cases

by LLB Reporter

Another city in China has hundreds of new confirmed coronavirus cases sparking serious fears of a deadly second wave of the virus.

Hundreds of people are flocking to the Xijing hospital in Xi’an standing shoulder to shoulder not applying social distancing wanting tests.

Chinese authorities are very concerned that a new second wave could be breaking out across China as the city of Xi’an is 700 miles from Beijing where another breakout has started.

The city of Xi’an has 12m residents and 308 transmitted cases have report in just three days, which started after an infected passenger flew in from Tajikistan.

Authorities in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province in north-western China are requesting all residents to be tested.

Another city in South West China, Chengdu the capital of Sichuan Province which is around 1,200 miles away has also confirmed new coronavirus cases.

China’s capital, Beijing has locked down 27 neighbourhoods as officials scramble to contain the new coronavirus outbreak.

The capital has cancelled over 1,000 flights and train journeys as the outbreak has infected 158 in just seven days and growing.

Officials believe the virus spread from the Xin Fa Di seafood wet market which supplies up to 80% of meat and vegetables across the capital, which has now been closed.

Similar scenes were seen in Wuhan at the start of the explosive outbreak which started the initial lockdown.

Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control warned, “The epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control.

“When I say that it’s under control, that doesn’t mean the number of cases will turn zero tomorrow or the day after.

“The trend will persist for a period of time, but the number of cases will decrease, just like the trend that we saw [in Beijing] in January and February.”

But Beijing city spokesman Xu Hejian told a press conference, “The epidemic situation in the capital is extremely severe.

“Right now, we have to take strict measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

It has been reported that coronavirus was found on chopping boards in the Xi Fa Di market whilst preparing salmon.

Genetic traces of the virus from the wet seafood market suggests the coronavirus could have come from Europe, and have ceased imports of Salmon from the EU.

Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention told CGTN, “It clearly indicates the virus strain is different from what it was two months ago.

“The virus strain is the major epidemic strain in European countries.

“So, it is from outside China brought to Beijing.”

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