All the details on the wholesale food market of Xinfadi, a new virus outbreak in China
A new coronavirus outbreak has been identified in the Xinfadi market in Beijing. The growing numbers have caused fear of a new Wuhan, but the first investigations of China would show that the virus arrives from Europe and that it is different from those that have been circulating on the Old Continent in recent weeks.
All the details.
THE XINFADI MARKET
The Xinfadi market is located in the southern district of Fengtai in Beijing. It is a wholesale food market , where you can find fruit and vegetables (supplies over 90% of fruit and vegetables from Beijing), fish, seafood and meat.
Inside the market, we read on the website of the same market , it is possible to find a fair center and rooms dedicated to conferences for the promotion of products.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE XINFADI MARKET
On 11 July a new coronavirus outbreak was found in the Xinfadi market. Currently there are 183 people infected since 11 June, two are in very critical conditions and 11 in serious conditions.
CONCENTRATED INFECTIONS BETWEEN MEAT SELLERS
A high number of infections have been reported among seafood, beef and mutton sellers. It appears that the virus has found an ideal place for reproduction in low temperatures and high humidity.
EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL?
Despite the numbers, however, the situation seems to be under control . The chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Disease Control and Prevention Center, Wu Zunyou, claims that the outbreak is now "under control" and that the new cases, on Wednesday, grew by only 21 units (Tuesday, June 16 were 31) .
WU ZUNYOU: NO DANGER THAT WUHAN REPEATS
The outbreak “did not catch us unprepared but it was a surprise, because it happened again in a market. The authorities found the epidemic very quickly and closed the source just as quickly, severing its contacts, "added Wu.
"If Beijing hadn't taken the steps right away, what happened in Wuhan could have happened again," continued Wu.
The virus was mapped and isolated by the Chinese authorities, which also published the entire genomic sequence of the new coronaviruses found in the Xinfadi market. The Nextstrain employees worked on the mapping.
A VIRUS THAT COMES FROM EUROPE
The result? The new coronaviruses that have spread to Beijing seem to come from Europe. The strain is older than the current one that is affecting the Old Continent, as suggested by Zhang Yong, deputy director of the Chinese Disease Control and Prevention Center.
“Preliminary results of research on genetic sequencing show that this virus originates from Europe. . . but it is older than the viruses currently circulating in Europe, " said Zhang Yong, adding that" a large number of samples taken at Xinfadi indicate that the virus had been present there for some time ".
VIRUS PRESENT ALREADY FROM THE BEGINNING OF MAY
Some additional timing hypotheses also come from Gao Fu, director of the CDC, who had previously told the local media that the virus could have started to spread in Beijing already in early May, given the high number of infections.
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