Several markets in Beijing were placed under lockdown as six new domestic coronavirus cases were reported, taking the tally to nine in the Chinese capital in the last three days.
Eleven residential estates and nine nearby schools and kindergartens have also been closed.
China’s National Health Commission, (NHC) said on Saturday that 18 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the country on Friday.
Also on Friday, seven new asymptomatic cases were reported, taking the total number of such people in quarantine to 98, it said.
Nine people have been put into quarantine even though their test results were negative, Zhang Yuxi, head of the Xinfadi market, told the Beijing News on Friday.
Xu Hejian, a spokesperson of the Beijing municipal government told media that “the risks of epidemic exist, and we cannot tolerate any slack in regular prevention and control.”
As of Friday, the overall confirmed cases in China had reached 83,075, including 74 patients who were still being treated, with no one in severe condition.