Beijing goes into wartime mode as virus emerges at market
“We would like to warn everyone not to drop their guard even for a second in epidemic prevention control; we must be prepared for a prolonged fight with the virus,” Xu Hejian, a spokesman for the Beijing municipal government, said at a news conference Saturday.
“We have to stay alert to the risks of imported cases and to the fact that epidemic control in our city is complicated and serious and will be here for a long time,” he said.
Authorities are particularly alert to cases around markets because that is how the coronavirus spread: It emanated from the Huanan food market in the city of Wuhan, across China and soon across the entire globe.
The initial outbreak was linked to exotic wildlife being sold at the Huanan market, but there was no evidence of any such trade at the Xinfadi market in Fengtai district, in the southwest of Beijing.