Aug 15, 2020 02:55 PM

Alibaba’s Supermarket Chain Shuts Shenzhen Stores Due to New Virus Cases

What’s new: Hema, a Chinese supermarket chain operated by tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., said (link in Chinese) Saturday it is temporarily closing 21 stores in Shenzhen after three workers there tested positive for the coronavirus.

Health authorities in Guangdong, the southern province where Shenzhen is located, said (link in Chinese) Friday the three infected workers included a 41-year-old brand sales promoter with symptoms, and two other asymptomatic colleagues.

Additionally, three members of the sales promoter’s family tested positive for the coronavirus but were not showing symptoms, authorities said.

The Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission said (link in Chinese) on Saturday it will conduct free nucleic acid tests for people who have visited the Hema supermarket since July 24.

The background: On Wednesday, Shenzhen’s health commission said (link in Chinese) a sample taken from a batch of imported frozen chicken wings from Brazil had tested positive for the coronavirus. Local authorities have not said whether the new cases are linked to frozen food.

As of Friday, Shenzhen had confirmed 465 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started, three of whom were still in hospital, according to the local health authority.

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