China is carrying out mass COVID-19 testing following the outbreak at a seafood market where 10,000 people work. China’s People’s Armed Police have been sent to Xin Fa Di to impose a lockdown in order to avoid the crisis escalating further.
Stephen McDonell, the BBC’s China correspondent tweeted: “In #Beijing a new cluster of #covid19 cases emanating from, wait for it, a seafood market.
“Footage appears to show hundreds of People’s Armed Police sent to the Xin Fa Di wholesale market.
“Officials said traces of the #coronavirus found on a chopping board with ‘imported’ salmon.”
He added in a separate tweet: “The greatest emphasis, in terms of control measures has been in the Beijing district around where the huge Xin Fa Di wholesale market and around a couple of other markets.
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“There are schools closed and housing areas sealed off to all but local residents.”
Last week it was revealed that China has started testing students on their Government’s response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Liang Jing, a teacher at a school in China, told Sky News that in order to pass the Gaokao examinations – or National College Entrance Examination, students must praise the Chinese Government’s approach to dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak within the country.
The teacher added that students will not score highly on the test if they insult the Government.
“I’ll give an example, China’s speed.
“The topic shows the power of a big country, as no other country could do epidemic, prevention and control in such a big country as well as China has done.
“If your political thinking is incorrect, your scores won’t be high, for example, if you insult the Government in your writing.
“I think loving your motherland is the bottom line.
“We discourage students from writing something related too closely to politics.”