Beijing reports zero coronavirus cases

Beijing on Tuesday reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since the emergence of a cluster in the Chinese capital in June that prompted fears of a domestic second wave. Capital’s health commission said it detected only one asymptomatic case the previous day, which China does not include in its confirmed cases counts.

A total of 335 people have been infected since a cluster emerged at the city's massive Xinfadi wholesale market in early June. While Chinese authorities are still investigating the cause of the latest outbreak, the virus was detected on chopping boards used to handle imported salmon at Xinfadi market, prompting a ban on certain imports and increased scrutiny of foreign food suppliers.

The Beijing government has tested more than 11 million people for COVID-19 since 11June, roughly half the city's population, officials said at a press conference on Monday.

Localised lockdowns across the city have been eased in recent days, with people living in areas of the city considered "low risk" now allowed to travel freely again.

 

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