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Merchants Suffer Huge Losses in Beijing as Market Locked Down

2020-06-26 23:16
Beijing is now the epicenter of a second COVID-19 outbreak in China. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claimed that the new virus outbreak started in Beijing on June 11, with most confirmed cases being related to Xin Fa-Di Wholesale Market. The market was locked down by armed police on June 13 and all sales banned. A vast quantity of fresh vegetables, fruits, and seafood have become rotten and had to be thrown away, causing huge business losses. But on June 17, many households in the communities near the market are said to have no food at all. Many videos of business owners throwing away their products have been circulating online. Merchants at Xin Fa-Di Wholesale Market said they were not allowed to transfer the products after the market was closed, resulting in them losing a lot of money. Many merchants were even forced into quarantine. One of the merchants at the market, Mr. Ai, said: “The loss is huge. Some products were moved here before the New Year and now all of them are rotten. The loss is more than 30,000 yuan (US$4,232) and we are so worried because living expenses have all gone up. Our lives have been extremely impacted. I am eating instant noodles now and I have to ask my relatives for help every day.”