The wholesale market in Xinfadi, one of the largest in the capital, is believed to be the source of the new contamination.

Thousands of residents queued Thursday, June 18 across Beijing for coronavirus testing, the Chinese capital trying to stem a rebound in the number of  Covid-19 sufferers. The Ministry of Health has reported an additional 21 patients in the past twenty-four hours, bringing the number of cases since last week to 158.

Life had resumed an almost normal course in China after two months without any contamination. But the appearance a few days ago of a new focus of infection has boosted alertness. Xinfadi’s wholesale market, the capital’s main source of fruit and vegetables, is believed to be the source of the new contamination.

Confined quarters and closed schools

The local authorities have been engaged for a few days in a vast campaign to screen residents and disinfect restaurants. Thirty residential areas, out of the thousands in Beijing, have also been quarantined and all educational establishments have been closed until further notice.

The city hall called on its 21 million inhabitants to avoid “non-essential” travel outside Beijing and drastically cut air links. People living in areas classified as “medium or high risk” are prohibited from leaving the city.