Chinese state media have first revealed the interior of a sprawling food wholesale market since it was linked to a new COVID-19 outbreak in the city last month.
The Xinfadi market has remained closed since June 13 after the capital reported the first native infection in nearly two months.
The rare images show that workers dressed in hazmat disinfect empty stalls and dispose of frozen meat and vegetables.
Xinfadi, a sprawling food wholesale market that caused a wave of coronavirus infections in Beijing, has been first revealed since the mid-June outbreak exploded
The Xinfadi market related to the latest health crisis in the Chinese capital has closed since June 13, after Beijing reported its first native infection in nearly two months. The photo shows a health worker disinfecting a row of empty stalls in the Xinfadi market while closed
The inside of the closed trading hub, Xinfadi, has only been revealed today in rare images as workers dressed in hazmat disinfect empty stalls and throw away frozen meat
It comes after municipal officials registered only one confirmed case today, bringing the local COVID-19 infection to 329.
Beijing also lifted several closings imposed on residential connections to control the new coronavirus outbreak and reported only three new cases in the city on Wednesday, raising hopes that the cluster had been brought under control.
State broadcaster CCTV released the video today, revealing the Xinfadi market for the first time since the infection cluster escalation.
Dozens of health workers who put on protective suits spray disinfectant on empty shelves and trucks in Beijing’s food hub.
About 5,000 market vendor vehicles were left on the site after thousands of workers were quarantined.
State broadcaster CCTV released the video today, revealing the Xinfadi market for the first time since the infection cluster escalated. Two workers are seen removing frozen meat
About 5,000 vehicles owned by market vendors were left on the site after thousands of workers were quarantined after the outbreak. Pictured hazmat-clad health workers disinfect empty trucks left on site after Xinfadi closed due to outbreak
It comes after municipal officials have registered only one confirmed case today, bringing the number of local COVID-19 infections to 329. The photo shows part of the Xinfadi market in Beijing
Twelve trucks are also driving around spraying disinfectant in the outdoor areas of the food trade, Mr. Zhang said. The photo shows one of those trucks driving on the Xinfadi
According to Zhang Liubo, an official of the Chinese CDC, a total of 150 health workers have disinfected the market since June 17.
Twelve trucks are also driving around spraying disinfectant in the outdoor areas of the food trade, Mr. Zhang said.
About half of the meat and vegetables stored on the market have been removed from the site, according to the official.
A final disinfection round will be performed after all food products have been removed from the property, Mr. Zhang added.
He told CCTV: “Our current disinfectant work is primarily to secure the removal process [produce].
This site can be resumed once the last disinfection is complete. We hope it happens as soon as possible. ‘
The Xinfadi market shows empty shelves that caused a new outbreak of coronavirus in the city. It comes after Beijing city officials have registered only one confirmed case today
According to Zhang Liubo, an official of the Chinese CDC, a total of 150 health workers have disinfected the market since June 17. Pictured hazmat-clad health workers disinfect empty trucks left on site after Xinfadi closed due to COVID-19 outbreak
The vast majority of cases of the Beijing coronavirus outbreak are linked to the sprawling Xinfadi market (pictured), which supplies about 80 percent of Beijing’s fresh produce and meat.
The vast majority of cases of the Beijing coronavirus outbreak are related to the sprawling Xinfadi market, which supplies about 80 percent of Beijing’s fresh produce and meat, raising concerns about food safety.
Chinese officials have claimed that the virus strain found on the market comes from Europe, but they are still unraveling how the disease was introduced into Xinfadi.
The Chinese capital had closed dozens of residential complexes and tested massively since the outbreak exploded in the city, sparking fears of a second wave in the country.
The government also imposed a Wuhan-style shutdown on nearly half a million people in a city 90 miles from Beijing last weekend after new cases involving the market were discovered.
What is Beijing’s Xinfadi?
The file photo shows an employee chopping pork on the Xinfadi wholesale market on February 19
Located in the southwestern Fengtai district in Beijing, Xinfadi Market has been labeled as the capital’s ‘food hub’ by Chinese media.
With an area of 1.12 square kilometers (equivalent to 157 football fields), Xinfadi Market is Beijing’s largest wholesale market, supplying approximately 80 percent of the city’s fresh produce.
It is also said to be Asia’s largest wholesale market for agricultural products.
According to the media, almost 40,000 tons of fruit and vegetables are traded here every day CGTN.
The huge trading hub is also referred to as the capital’s ‘vegetable basket’ or ‘fruit bowl’.
But the cluster appears to be under control after authorities reported only one infection in Beijing today.
However, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiology expert at China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told journalists in June that the new outbreak had been “brought under control.”
Beijing has from Thursday included a total of 329 infections since June 11. Four patients have recovered and no deaths have been reported.
Nationally, China today discovered three new cases, bringing the number of coronavirus infections to 83,537. The death toll remains at 4,634.