June 29, 2020
Beijing's Xinfadi wholesale beef and lamb market considered extremely high risk area for COVID-19
China's health experts labelled Xinfadi's wholesale beef and lamb market as an extremely high risk area for COVID-19, after 102 cases out of 311 confirmed COVID-19 cases were attributed to the beef and lamb area, China's Global Times reported.
Chu Junwei, deputy head of Beijing's Fengtai district said all people connected to the beef and lamb area will have their quarantine extended to 28 days. The district also said it will conduct both serum antibody and nucleic acid tests on people in quarantine.
The news has sparked concerns from consumers that beef and lamb would be next "inedible" food after salmon.
Yang Zhanqiu, a deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University said consumers are safe as long as they do not eat the meat uncooked.
Zhang Yong, an assistant director at the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention of China's Center for Disease (CDC) said samples collected from Xinfadi wholesale market show that the virus that causes COVID-19 has been in the area for some time.
Wu Guizhen, Party secretary of the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention at the CDC said the market may have been severely contaminated by the virus.
- China Global Times