2020, Mon



We hope everyone had relaxing and stress-free weekend. We’re back again with a short update covering Beijing’s new COVID-19 outbreak. Another 9 cases were confirmed on June 21st in Beijing. Total 236 cases were confirmed from 11th. However, the city is ready. Beijing has more than doubled testing capacity and is capable of screening nearly 1 million people.



The big news of the day is that PepsiCo. had to shut down a processing factory in Beijing after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19. The factory was completely closed, prodution stopped, and over 480 employees were isolated for testing, fortunately, no one else was infected. PepsiCo. reported that none of their other factories in China were effected. 





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Rumors Busted


1. At a temperature of -20C, COVID-19 can survive for 20 years –  FALSE 


2. Garlic can be used to sterilize COVID-19 –  FALSE 


3. Staff members at the local Arctic Ocean Soda Company’s factory tested positive for the virus –  FALSE 



Sherpa’s Masks 


We’ve also added masks for delivery to help keep you safe. We have both one-time medical and N95 masks available.


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That’s it for now. Make sure to take preventative actions like wearing your mask, avoiding crowds, and sterilizing your hands to stay safe.


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2020, Wed



Unfortunately, according to deputy director of the Pathogen Biology Department at Wuhan University Yang Zhanqiu, the virus that spread from Xinfadi is even more contagious than the one found in the Huanan Seafood  Market in Wuhan as 79 new cases were confirmed over the course of only four days. 
Authorities in Beijing have upgraded the risk level to ‘medium’ in an additional 12 areas in the capital, increasing the total of ‘medium’ risk areas up to 22. Huaxiang township, the home of the Xinfadi Market in Fengtai district, is the only ‘high risk’ area in the country for now. 
We’ve added  masks  to help you stay safe! Click the pic below to order! Shortage will be replenished in time.
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Data Update
Xu Hejian, deputy minister of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee Propaganda Department, has stated that a total of 106 localized cases have been identifed since the outbreak emerged on June 11th. He believes that the situation in the capital is extremely serious. There have also been a few cases in Liaoning, Hebei, and Sichuan. 


As a preventive measure, 62 workers from the Tiantao Honglian Market in Xicheng District were sent to a centralized isolation point for observation and testing. Yuquandong Market has also been shut down. 


New Regulations
As the situation evolves, expect new rules and regulations to help control the outbreak to be released. Authorities have already enacted the following:
Closed all schools and universities in the city. College students are not allowed to return to campus. Schools are advised to restore their online learning programs. 
276 farmers’ markets along with 33,173 catering services have been closed. Wal-Mart, Carrefour, BHG, and other supermarkets have issued orders to remove all salmon their stores. 
 Residential Communities 
 All communities are to maintain strict entrance and exit policies. Communities should check temperatures and health codes and log all people who enter the community. 29 residential communites have been completely locked down. 
 Leaving Beijing 
All residents in communities deemed ‘high’ or ‘medium’ risk are forbidden to leave Beijing. Close contacts of confirmed cases are also banned from leaving. All other residents of Beijing should not leave unless it is absolutely neccesary. If you need to leave Beijing, you must present a negative coronavirus test result within seven days of departure. Outbound taxi and car-hailing services and some long-distance bus routes between Beijing and neighboring provinces have been suspended. 
People in ‘medium risk’ areas should continue working, but companies are encouraged to reduce the number of people coming into the office, have employees to work from home, and stagger clock in and clock out times.  
Interprovincial group tours will be suspended.
Authorities have already tracked down nearly 200,000 people who had been to the market in the two weeks prior to its closure. They are remaining at home for medical observation and testing.
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Keep posted for more updates, wear your masks, and practice preventative measures. 
Stay safe!



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2020, Wed



After enjoying a nearly 2-month streak of no new COVID-19 cases, authorities announced two new infections in Fengtai District on Thursday, June 11th. Over the weekend, nucleaic acid testing institutions performed 76,499 tests and have found 59 new positive cases so far.



This new cluster of infections has been traced back to the Xinfadi agricultural products wholesale market.



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The first patient to test postive, a 52-year-old-man who hadn’t traveled outside of Beijing for over two weeks, had visited the market’s meat and seafood section back on June 3rd. A large number of the newly confirmed cases are people who either worked at or had recently visited the market. The remaining cases had some form of direct or indirect exposure to the market. Of the detected cases, the majority were found in Fengtai district, but additional infections have been confirmed in Xicheng, Fangshan, Daxing, Haidian, and Chaoyang. Preliminary analysis suggests that the virus strain responsible for the outbreak is different from the original detected in Wuhan and may be a mutation from Europe.



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Rumors popped up over the weekend that the new infections originated from imported salmon due to reports that the virus was found on cutting boards used for salmon at Xinfadi, but medical experts have stated that it is extremely unlikely for seafood like salmon to be a carrier. The chief epidemiologist at the CDC, Wu Zunyou, stated that fish cannot catch COVID-19, however, they can be contaminated by workers in the supply chain.



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Wu believes that there are two possible explanations for the outbreak:


1. Influx of meat and seafood from around the country that was contaminated by infected workers.

2. Person-to-person transmission that spread due to the hustle and bustle of the market.



In response to the infections, the city has closed down the market, imposed a partial lockdown in the area, and put Fengtai District on a Level 2 emergency response. Residential areas close to the market are blocked to non-residents, and volunteers have been dispatched to take temperatures, scan health codes, and more. A city-wide lockdown is not expected to be neccessary, but several tour groups and sporting events have been cancelled, and a few tourist attractions, like the Lama Temple, have been temporarily closed. Neighboring provinces of Hebei and Tianjin have started to screen arrivals from Beijing to prevent any further spread. Further rules and regulations will be enacted as necessary. Make sure to keep following the news to stay on top of things.


Authorities believe that they can effectively control the new outbreak and stop the spread. However, it’s important to maintain vigilance by wearing masks, utilizating proper sanitiation, and following social distancing recommendations.


Stay safe!


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2020, Mon



One moment you’re enjoying the pleasant spring sunshine, then the next moment summer hits you. And if you’ve been living here long enough you’ll already know that the stormy wet (humid) weather marks the beginning of another summer.


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Stay safe on the wet roads, whether you’re riding, driving, or walking. It might also be a good idea to check your weather app before you plan any picnics in the park – of course, as always, Sherpa’s is here to save you with a Summer Feast should any of your picnic plans fall apart. Don’t forget to order in advance during bad weather.


We’re also here to remind you to stay hydrated when you’re out and about – always carry a bottle of water (ideally a reusable bottle) and cool down with an ice-cream and some blissful air con whenever you get the chance!


Happy Summer!


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