- China has reported its highest increase in Covid-19 cases since April
- The latest spike has been linked to a wholesale food market which was shut down on Saturday
- These were the first confirmed cases in the capital in 50 days
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China has reported that new Covid-19 infections have increased to its highest numbers since April. Infection rates are up across the region, with South Korea also reporting an increase.
Cases in Beijing have been linked to a wholesale food market, which had been shut on Saturday. China News Service reported that 27 workers are employed there and 9 of them had either direct or indirect exposure to the virus.
The Xinfadi market was shut after 50 people tested positive for the virus. These were the first confirmed cases in the Chinese capital in 50 days.
Globally, 100 000 new cases are reported every day according to IOL. China was the original epicentre of the virus outbreak which has lead to widespread lockdown across the world.
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize reported that South African taxpayers paid R11.2 million for the 184 South African citizens who were repatriated from China and accommodated for 14 days at Protea Hotel Ranch Resort in Limpopo.
In March, 184 South Africans were repatriated from China amid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The R11.2 million formed part of R87.3 million of goods and services procured without following the normal tender process due to the outbreak of the virus.
Dr Mkhize revealed this information after a probe from opposition parties. DA MP Philippus van Staden had asked about the details of tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic that the Health Department had awarded.
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