China has sparked fears of a second wave of the deadly coronavirus pandemic after a spike in infections in the capital city of Beijing.
The city has been put in to a strict lockdown and food markets closed after 45 people tested positive out of 517 tested at the Xinfadi market.
None of the patients who tested positive for the disease presented any symptoms of the deadly Covid-19 virus.
Tourists have been banned, lockdown is in place across 11 neighbourhoods near the Xinfadi market, and 10,000 market staff are to be tested for the virus, reports the BBC.
Authorities in China are also looking for people who recently visited the market to be tested.
The new outbreak has presented the first new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Beijing for over 50 days.
The Sun reports Chu Junwei, an official of Beijing’s southwestern Fengtai district, telling members of the public the area is in “wartime emergency mode”.
Chinese officials have suspended all sports events in the capital, while the Xinfadi market was closed down on Saturday morning.
While plans to reopen schools in the city on Monday have been scrapped as concerns over the new cases spread.
It is believed the global outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan – 1,172km south of Beijing.
China has been accused of lying about the true extent of coronavirus cases – with some experts fearing the number of cases could be four times higher than official figures.
Research by academics at Hong Kong University’s school of public health suggested in April that 232,000 people may have been infected by the first wave of Covid-19 in mainland China.
The figure is four times the amount recorded by the communist country.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has also been accused of helping China cover up the outbreak of coronavirus – with US President Donald Trump being one of the fiercest critics.