Beijing tests food, parcel couriers for coronavirus as city checks widen

Beijing checks meals, parcel couriers for coronavirus as metropolis checks widen

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Officers in Beijing are finishing up nucleic acid checks on all meals and parcel supply personnel as they ramp up efforts to rein in an outbreak of the coronavirus within the Chinese language capital, state-backed Beijing Information reported on Saturday.

Frozen seafood merchandise manufactured from imported shrimps are seen inside a sealed freezer at a grocery store following a brand new outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Beijing, China June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Officers have been increasing testing throughout the town of 20 million since a cluster of recent infections linked to a meals wholesale market erupted simply over per week in the past. The outbreak, the primary in Beijing in months, has now surpassed earlier peak numbers in early February.

Testing for COVID-19 initially targeted on residential areas close to the sprawling Xinfadi market and on individuals who labored or shopped there.

Officers are actually focusing on the tens of hundreds of supply personnel who repeatedly traverse the town, the place fleets of motorized pedicabs and scooters ridden by couriers delivering parcels and meals are a typical sight.

Employees at SF Categorical, China’s second greatest courier agency, arrived in batches at testing factors in Beijing on Friday night, Beijing Information reported.

Meals supply agency Meituan Dianping (3690.HK) confirmed on Friday all its Beijing riders could be examined and those that had carried out deliveries in high-risk areas could be quickly taken off responsibility, bear nucleic acid checks and be quarantined at house for 14 days.

Prospects will be capable to view particulars on disinfection of the supply bundle and their courier’s physique temperature on-line, Meituan mentioned on its Wechat account.

Beijing Information mentioned that every one couriers within the metropolis could be examined by subsequent week.

Officers have highlighted the chance of contamination by way of packaging in Beijing, which reported 22 new circumstances on Friday. Town has now recorded greater than 200 regionally transmitted infections since June 11.

Officers have been testing folks working in catering, together with restaurant workers, in addition to imported meals after the virus was discovered on chopping boards at Xinfadi used to deal with salmon.

Reporting by Tom Daly and Xiao Han; enhancing by Jane Wardell