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Half A Million in Lockdown As Beijing Fights New Virus Cluster

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Skyline of Beijing's CBD (Commercial Business District) area

Skyline of Beijing's CBD (Commercial Business District) area. Photo: 39degN.


TEHRAN (Tasnim) – China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a fresh coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, as authorities warned it was soon to “relax” over the new cluster of cases.

After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in neighboring Hebei province.

Health officials said Sunday that Anxin County — about 150 kilometers from Beijing — will be “fully enclosed and controlled”, the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year.

Now, only one person from each family will be allowed to go out once a day to purchase necessities such as food and medicine, the county’s epidemic prevention task force said in a statement, AFP reported.

Earlier the county had been subject to some travel restrictions, but now individuals are only allowed to leave their homes to seek medical treatment, the notice said.

Full story: tasnimnews.com

Tasnim News Agency


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