COVID-19 detected among merchants

Beijing’s largest vegetable market shut down

On Saturday, Beijing’s largest wholesale vegetable market – Xinfadi market – was shut down after the Coronavirus was detected among a few business owners and their equipment.  To ensure food safety, the Xinfadi market was temporarily suspended, and all merchants and employees in the market -- more than 10,000 people – will be tested for the virus.

The Xinfadi market, which provides 90 percent of Beijing’s vegetables and fruits, will be the top priority in tracing the source of the epidemic, and a working group will be dispatched to strengthen epidemic prevention and control, Beijing’s anti-epidemic leading group said at a late-night meeting on Friday.

The move comes after two confirmed cases were reported in the capital on Friday, both people had been to Xinfadi market in Beijing’s Fengtai district.

The Coronavirus was detected on a chopping board used by a seller of imported salmon at Xinfadi market. The seller’s salmon was from the Fengtai district’s Jingshen seafood market, according to Zhang Yuxi, head of the Beijing Xinfadi Market.

The official report did not say how many people in the market or if other areas in the huge market had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Tests in Daxing District
Beijing's Daxing District has conducted COVID-19 sampling tests on its six farm produce markets, with the results all negative to date, local authorities said Sunday. The tests covered 142 external environmental samples, including sewers and tools, and 50 market workers, according to the market supervision administration of Daxing.


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