Chinese authorities have detected a new cluster of coronavirus cases at a seafood wet market in China’s capital Beijing.
Armed police surrounded the wet market and shut it down, also inter-provincial tourism has been closed and there are fears Beijing could go into lockdown.
Officials are worried as the enormous Xin Fa Di Market supplies around 80% of meat and vegetables in Beijing.
BBC correspondent Stephen McDonell tweeted, “In Beijing a new cluster of coronavirus cases emanating from a seafood market. Footage appears to show hundreds of People’s Armed Police sent to the Xin Fa Di wholesale market.
“Officials said traces of the coronavirus found on a chopping board with ‘imported’ salmon.”
The BBC correspondent added, “This doesn’t mean the virus came from the fish.
“It could just be that the person chopping it was infected.”
An official of Beijing’s Fengtai district said that throat swabs from 45 people, out of 517 tested at the district’s Xinfadi market were positive for coronavirus.
Chu Junwei further claimed that all the new coronavirus cases across Beijing had all been to the Xin Fa Di seafood market.
Pang Xinghuo, an official at the Beijing Centre for Disease Control said: “We cannot rule out subsequent cases in the future.”