Sounds a bit fishy?
After four days of new COVID-19 cases emerging in China’s capital, Beijing Municipal government has announced lockdown measures for dozens of urban communities. On Sunday, 36 new cases were diagnosed in the city, as well as three more in Hebei, linked to visits to Beijing. The center of the latest outbreak is a wet market, where it’s believed contaminated fish may have been part of the chain of transmission.
1. new COVID-19 cases 新一波新冠肺炎
2. emerge (v.) 出現，浮現；露出
3. lockdown measures 封鎖措施
4. urban communities 都市社區
5. be diagnosed 被診斷出
6. a wet market 生鮮市場
7. contaminated fish 被汙染的魚貨
8. the chain of transmission 傳播鏈
Beijing’s municipal government has locked down 11 high-risk communities surrounding the market at the center of the outbreak, barring outsiders from entry. In another area of the city, confirmed COVID cases have been linked to Yuquandong Market. On Monday, 10 communities surrounding Yuquandong were told to adopt lockdown-like measures.
9. lock down (v.) ; lockdown (n.) 封鎖、封閉
10. the center of the outbreak 疫情原爆點
11. bar someone from entry 禁止某人進入
12. confirmed cases 確診案例
13. be linked to 與…相連結 (此指相關、有接觸)
14. adopt measures 採取措施
Yang Peng，expert from Beijing Center for Disease Control, said that “through whole genome sequencing, we know this virus strain comes from Europe.”
Beijing residents have been alarmed by media reports claiming coronavirus particles were found on a board used to chop salmon in the market at the center of the new outbreak. But Taiwanese infectious disease expert Huang Li-min黃立民 says salmon is probably not a potential COVID-19 host. Humans are the likely source of the contagion.
15. genome sequencing 基因組測序
16. virus strain 病毒類型、品種
17. be alarmed by 受某事物驚嚇（或困擾）
18. media reports 媒體報導
19. coronavirus particle 新冠病毒微粒
20. a potential host 潛在宿主
21. a likely source 可能來源
22. contagion 接觸傳染
Dr. Huang Li-min
Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan
People in the market were infected and they have contaminated the foodstuffs. The transmission is probably a mixture of contaminated food and human-to-human transmission. They need to work out where that salmon was sold to. It won’t have been sold to just one market. The distributors should go out and check if the salmon sold to the other places is also contaminated. What’s more likely though is that someone came into the market with the virus. There’s no evidence at the moment about whether fish can be infected or not. It’s pointing toward probably not. But before we have further evidence, I can’t make a definitive statement.
Huang thinks you probably can’t catch COVID-19 from fish, especially because they’re cold-blooded. But with research on the virus still in its infancy, few doctors dare say for sure how it behaves.
23. a mixture of 混合體*
24. human-to-human transmission 人傳人
25. it is more likely that… …是更有可能的
26. point toward 指向、傾向
27. further evidence 進一步的證據
28. a definitive statement 最終斷言
29. be in its infancy 在初期，在早期
30. dare to say 敢說
*To some, a “mixture" implies a more thorough blending than “combination," where the different things are brought together but still retain some of their original identity.
May everyone involved quickly find the source for the sake of people everywhere.