Beijing locked down neighborhoods and launched a massive test and trace program as a new coronavirus outbreak gathers pace.

On Monday, authorities reported new 49 new coronavirus cases, including 36 more in Beijing where infections are associated with the Xinfadi food market and have created worries of a second wave of infections.

City official Li Junjie stated that the market will be closed down as well as the schools nearby, while residents living in subdivisions are prohibited to go out. The health authorities have begun doing mass testing on people from the market, including those who live nearby and who recently visited the food market.

According to officials, they are eyeing to conduct tests on 46,000 people in the area, so far 10,000 tests have been done. Residents have been warned by their city government not to travel to Beijing.

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