Anyone with a fever seeking treatment at any Beijing medical facility will be tested for Covid-19, a spokesperson for the Beijing health commission said Sunday.
Medical facilities will be required to conduct nucleic acid tests, antibody tests, blood tests and CT scans on these patients.
The measures were announced after Beijing’s health commission confirmed 43 cases linked to Xinfadi market, the largest agricultural market in Beijing. The new cases broke the city’s 56-day record of no new coronavirus cases.
Residential communities, restaurants and other places linked to the market will be required to conduct screenings on personnel, food and their environment, according to city officials. All employees of Xinfadi market, as well as residents of the local neighborhood, will be tested and put under medical observation.
Wu Zunyou, the top epidemiologist from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the outbreak was likely linked to contaminated seafood or meat, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua.
Because Beijing has not had a locally transmitted case in over 50 days, the virus should theoretically not exist there, Zunyou says.