Beijing CLOSES Meat Markets As COVID Cases Rise Again

( China appears to be undergoing a second wave of the COVID-19 virus, and this time, they might not be able to hide it. According to Chinese state media, at least three new cases of the Chinese coronavirus have been recorded in Beijing, and if the past unreliability of Chinese data reporting is anything to go by, it could be significantly more than that. The Chinese Communist Part admitted the new outbreak is “the first domestically transmitted case in eight weeks.”

If true, it’s significant, and could signal that China is about to experience a second wave. If it’s not the first, it could be a signal that China never really did get control of the virus and is still battling to stop its spread throughout its major cities.

Chinese state media assured readers that the government believes a new wave of the virus is not likely, but despite this, the 20 million people living in Beijing were warned by the government about the possibility and meat markets throughout the city have been closed down. These markets are popular with Chinese people, serving as the primary source of food for millions of people across Beijing and the rest of the country.

The Global Times, a newspaper run by the Chinese Communist Party, reported that the first new case was reported in Beijing on Thursday, and a further two cases were discovered n Friday. The first patient on Friday was a man named Tang who had reportedly visited a number of markets in the Fengtai district of Beijing before discovering he had the virus. The other two patients were colleagues who both work at a meat research center in that same district.

The Times reported that Beijing immediately shut down the trade center for lamb and beef for the Xinfadi Market wholesaler. The Jingshen seafood market, which Tang went to before his diagnosis, was also shut down.

Being a state propaganda outlet, the Times also reported that government officials I the area would work to “strengthen COVID-19 controls in the resumed catering industry, targeting meat and seafood markets, supermarkets, frozen meat warehouses and restaurants.” As with anything the Chinese government says, however, it’s not certain which parts of the story are true.

The final part of the report focused primarily on the efforts by the authorities to handle the virus, heaping praise on government officials and congratulating the Chinese Communist Party for its “timely detection” of the virus.