More than 100 new cases of the disease are being confirmed in northern China almost every day, including in Daxing, Beijing, where new cases have been reported every day since this week. This new outbreak in the north has put authorities on high alert, and people can be arrested at any Time if they go out without wearing a mask.
On Sunday (17), two new local cases were confirmed in Daxing, Beijing, both living in Tianguanyuan Street, Daxing District. On Monday, there was one new confirmed local case and one asymptomatic infection in Daxing. On Tuesday, there were 7 new confirmed local cases in Beijing, including 6 cases in Daxing and 1 case in Shunyi, while 103 new cases were added to the national province that day.
Recently, many Beijing residents have been alarmed by the rapid increase in new cases of new crown pneumonia. Ms. Fang, a resident living in Daxing District’s Tiangongyuan Street, said in an inquiry with Radio Free Asia on Wednesday that information about the current Epidemic is changing rapidly, and that she can’t return Home at any time because of the outbreak when she goes out to work every day: “It’s spreading too fast. He (the infected person) from Daxing District’s Tiangong Yuan lives very close to us, just a wall away, and there were two cases on the 17th. A tutor went to a student’s home to teach, and the student got sick and infected the teacher. I came out to work, and I don’t know if there will be a lockdown in the afternoon, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to leave any later. Now all of Beijing is doing nucleic acid testing.”
The Beijing Daxing District New Crown Pneumonia Prevention and Control Leading Group issued a notice on Wednesday (20) to conduct nucleic acid testing and symptom screening for the entire district, and all personnel are prohibited from leaving Beijing.
In addition, the Tiangongyuan street of the community of the Rong Hui, Tiangongyuan and other communities to implement strict closed control, residents are not allowed to go out. Only one or two entrances and exits are reserved for each village community, and staff are strictly implemented to guard the entrances and exits 24 hours a day.
A staff member in the duty room of the Shunyi District Epidemic Prevention and Control Command in Beijing told the station, “Daxing is still a bit nervous now, Beijing is now quite tightly controlled, you have to take your temperature wherever you go, and you have to scan the health code.”
In epidemic-hit Hebei, authorities on Wednesday reported 19 new confirmed local cases and five asymptomatic infections the day before (19), with Shijiazhuang reporting 13 cases and Xingtai reporting six. There were 46 new confirmed cases in Jilin and 16 new confirmed cases and 31 asymptomatic infections in Heilongjiang. Authorities advocate that residents spend the holidays in the province and do not leave the province for non-emergencies.
Last week, a retired deputy director of the Public Security Bureau surnamed Han in Shijiazhuang’s Gaoyi County was placed in police administrative detention for 5 days after he went out without a mask and clashed with community epidemic prevention officers.
Authorities are already more nervous than last year
Hebei scholar Wang Wenguang told the station that authorities are more nervous about the new wave of the epidemic than they were last year because the top brass in Zhongnanhai, Beijing, is located too close to the infected area and because there have been several confirmed cases in the region. This affects the so-called general stability, which is the node that the Communist Party values so much,” he said. For example, in March there will be two meetings, the main thing is not to affect these so-called big picture, in fact, how many people are infected with this disease is not a big concern for them. The current round of the epidemic, especially launched from the north, is really scary.”
With an international WHO expert mission stationed in Wuhan last week to investigate the origins of the new coronavirus, another independent WHO expert panel recently released a report criticizing the Chinese government and WHO for their slow response to the New coronavirus outbreak in early 2020. As of now, while the origin of the new coronavirus remains unclear, the U.S. and China are once again engaged in a heated debate over the traceability of the virus.
China Needs to Reflect on SARS Outbreak
Jiangsu rights activist Zhang Jianping told the station, “Regarding the origin of this virus, we actually only need some common sense to determine it. Let’s refer back to SARS in 2003, when the Hu-Wen government’s attitude won the understanding and respect of the international community. And then look at the catastrophic nature of today’s response to the Wuhan virus to the world, we really demand a reflection on this matter.”
Zhang disagreed with the current quarantine approach taken by China: “For the quarantine and interdiction approach that China is taking now, treating the symptoms but not the root cause, but making some concessions in terms of human rights is still desirable.”
Earlier, the U.S. State Department released a statement saying, “To assist the important work of the World Health Organization investigative team arriving in China this week, the U.S. government is sharing new information today about activities inside the Chinese government’s laboratories in 2019.”