Beijing is currently experiencing a second wave of the Coronavirus outbreak, which began on June 11th, 2020 (South China Morning Post). The second wave brought an end to a 55-day streak without the transmission of any new Coronavirus cases (South China Morning Post). The new wave spread from the Xinfadi market, a major wholesale produce market, which is located on the outskirts of Beijing (CNBC). There have been over 256 cases reported since June 11th, while 253 of those cases have been linked to the Xinfadi market (Channel News Asia).
Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Diseases Prevention and Control, reported that “the epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control” (Reuters 1). In order to control the spread of the virus, city officials have implemented new policies. Beijing is now at a level two alert, which is the second-highest level in the four-level COVID-19 response system (Reuters 2). Residents from 33 neighborhoods that are deemed medium and high-risk areas are barred from leaving the city (Reuters 1).