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China coronavirus fears: WHOLE shopping mall in Beijing shut down as customer sparks panic

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The Wanda Plaza shopping mall in the capital’s Shijingshan district was closed after the customer said she had tested positive for coronavirus. She received her test result while eating lunch at a restaurant, a member of staff told the Global Times.

The customer was sent to hospital and the shopping mall was immediately closed for cleaning.

The staff member said: “All shops have been closed to customers and we are waiting to get tested.”

They added that the customer’s QR health code and body temperature were normal when checks were carried out on arrival or she would not have been allowed in the mall.

The closure of the shopping mall in Beijing comes as China reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 1.

Two of the cases were imported, the National Health Commission said in a statement, while Beijing reported one further case.

China also recorded two new asymptomatic cases.

There were no new deaths.

As of July 1, mainland China had a total of 83,537 confirmed coronavirus cases and the death toll was 4,634.

Since early June more than 300 people in Beijing have been infected, sparking fears of a second wave after China declared victory over coronavirus.

The outbreak in the capital has been linked to the Xinfadi wholesale market.

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The virus found in the fresh cases is an imported strain of COVID-19, according to the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The strain could have originated in South or Southeast Asia, a study by Harvard University has suggested.

In response to the spike, Chinese health officials have ordered the ramping up of coronavirus testing capacity.

Local authorities should have emergency response plans to be able to expand testing capacity, the National Health Commission said.

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