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Beijing and the world fear a second wave

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Report. The world has turned its attention to China, seeking to avert the possible manipulation of data by authorities. But many of the accusations against Beijing have fallen apart under scrutiny.

written by Andrea Capocci

Topic China

June 17, 2020

After Wuhan, the attention of the Chinese authorities and the whole world is once again focused on a Chinese market. Now it’s the turn of the Xinfadi wholesale food market, the largest in Beijing, spread across 112 hectares on five floors in the Fengtai District, in the southern suburbs of Beijing. It supplies 90% of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the city, but also sells meat and fish. Xinfadi is said to be the source of a new coronavirus outbreak that has put China in a state of alarm. So far, there are 79 cases that can be traced back to the market, after more than 100,000 swabs have been taken.

One of the investigative directions being followed by the health authorities traces the contamination back to a shipment of salmon purchased at the Jingshen market to be resold at Xinfadi, but for now this is only a hypothesis. Some cases, also linked to Xinfadi, have also been detected in neighboring provinces. As a precaution, the authorities have closed 21 residential........

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