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New lockdowns in China come into force

LOCKDOWNS have been expanded in a province next to Beijing that is the scene of China’s most serious recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Residents of the city of Gu’an were today ordered to stay home for seven days.

Similar measures have been ordered around the country, particularly in Wuhan where 11 million people were placed under lockdown for 76 days last winter as the pandemic was just starting.

Hebei’s provincial health commission on Tuesday reported 40 new confirmed cases, all but one in the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang, just south of Beijing where transport links have been cut and residents told to stay at home.

Local authorities say several dozen of the more than 300 confirmed cases reported this year in the city appear to be linked to wedding gatherings.

One new case was reported in Beijing, where more than a dozen communities and villages have been put under lockdown, and one in the north-east province of Heilongjiang, bringing China’s reported total to 87,591 with 4,634 deaths.

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