China declares martial law in Baoding over new #COVID_19 cluster detected at Beijing market
17:10, Monday, 15 June, 2020
Chinese authorities have declared martial law in the city of Baoding in Hebei province, amid the new COVID-19 cluster at Xinfadi, the largest wholesale market in Beijing, local municipal authorities said on Monday. "The epidemic response centre announced a hasty declaration of martial law and the launch of a wartime mechanism to prevent the spread of the epidemic in Baoding," the statement said. According to the statement, a high degree of vigilance is required, given the fact that Baoding is located next to Beijing and there is an intense movement of goods and people between the cities. Baoding, with a population of over 11 million, is located 90 miles (nearly 145 kilometres) southwest of Beijing.