China locks down 10 more areas in Beijing as COVID-19 cluster grows

Noel Celis / AFP

Ten more neighbourhoods in Beijing have been put under lockdown as authorities in China try to contain the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak.

Movement restrictions have been put in place, mass tests are being carried out and a city-wide campaign launched to trace people who have recently visited the market.

Officials have also shut down a second wholesale market in northwestern Haidian district that has been linked to the new cases.

Residents in several nearby provinces have been warned against non-essential travel to the capital and urged to follow isolation protocols if they do.

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