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World|life|January 7, 2021 / 03:20 PM
China locks down part of province outside Beijing as coronavirus cases spike
Photo: Visual China Group | Getty Images // A medical worker collects throat swab for Covid-19 antigen rapid test at a temporary testing center on Jan. 6, 2021 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province of China

AKIPRESS.COM - Chinese authorities are starting to lock down parts of a province neighboring Beijing after a spike in coronavirus cases, CNBC reported.

The restrictions implemented in Hebei this week are some of the strictest since the spread of Covid-19 stalled within the country in March, and come as new waves of the coronavirus hit the U.S. and Europe. China’s initial tough response to the pandemic contributed to a 6.8% contraction in the economy in the first quarter.

Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province and located about a three-and-a-half hour drive southwest of Beijing, reported 50 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 67 asymptomatic ones for Wednesday. It brought the provincial total to 90 current confirmed cases and 144 asymptomatic cases.

The city has stopped passengers from going to its train station, suspended long-distance buses, closed schools and put tighter control on entering apartment compounds, while authorities have blocked major highways in the province, according to state media.

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