China's new virus outbreak underscores continued threat

Chinese paramilitary police stand guard at barricaded entrances to the Xinfadi wholesale food market district in Beijing Saturday

Fears of second wave as country sees biggest virus jump in months

Officials have now reported 79 cases over just four days, the biggest concentration of infections since February. Infections were rising in some US states as President Donald Trump pushed for businesses to reopen despite warnings by public health experts.

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In a bid to stem the spread of the contagion, the authorities in Beijing have conducted the nucleic acid test on 29,386 people who had visited the Xinfadi wholesale market since May 30, Gao Xiaojun, spokesman for the Beijing Health Commission, said on Monday. It said 27 worked there and nine had direct or indirect exposure to it. The market also includes wholesale sections dedicated to beef, lamb and seafood.

The spate of new cases prompted officials in many parts of the city to swiftly bring back tough counter-epidemic measures, with at least three districts entering "war-time mode".

"As we have seen in many countries, the emergence of new always a concern", he said.

Chinese authorities have shut down the city's Fengtai district and other subsections in a city that has a population of almost 22 million people. Some curbs still are in place including a ban on most foreign travellers arriving in the country.

Meanwhile, several schools and residential compounds near Xinfadi have been under lock down.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 78,93,700, while the fatalities stood at 4,32,922, the University's Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

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There were six people in Beijing who got tested Covid-19 positive yesterday and all of them visited Xinfadi wholesale market. According to the Beijing health commission, almost everyone who tested positive had worked or shopped at the Xinfadi market.

Residential communities in Beijing's sub-districts resumed temperature registration, an epidemic control and prevention measure that had been lifted on June 6 when Beijing eased its counter-pandemic restrictions, a local official said.

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Zeng Guang, former chief epidemiologist at Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and now a senior expert with the National Health Commission, predicted that the outbreak will likely be controlled after the initial spike of a few days, according to the report by Health Times, a paper run by state media People's Daily. Egypt is the Arab world's most populous country and has its highest coronavirus death toll.

Worldwide, in many cases the first wave is still building.

Thankfully that process has produced very few positive cases.

Gov. Doug Ducey is not requiring Arizona residents to wear masks in public despite warnings by public health experts outside the government. Across the United States, establishments are gradually re-opening, but after the increase in the cases, states like OR and Utah postponed the re-opening.

- "It isn't weakening" - The Middle East's hardest hit country Iran reported its own grim uptick on Sunday, recording more than 100 new virus deaths in a single day for the first time since April 13. No deaths related to the disease were reported, according to the commission.

China said on Monday that it was in close communications with the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the latest outbreak.

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