China’s National Health Commission on Tuesday reported 40 new cases of COVID-19 detected on Monday, 8 of them from abroad and 32 locally, of which 27 were recorded in Beijing, following the outbreak of coronavirus detected in the capital’s main market.

The Beijing municipal government announced on Monday that the city was in a “state of war” to tackle this new outbreak, which has already left 106 confirmed cases since last Thursday.

More than 100,000 workers are already supervising 7,120 neighborhood communities – more than 20 have been sealed off – to prevent a massive spread of the pathogen among the population.

All staff and those who have had close contact with confirmed cases or with the Xifandi market – which covers 112 hectares and has 1,500 employees and over 4,000 stall holders – must remain at home and have a coronavirus test at one of the designated centres in Beijing.

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