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City Near Beijing Locked Down, Millions Tested as Outbreak Grows

  • Shijiazhuang is about three hours south of the capital
  • It’s the biggest cluster in about two months in China
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City Near Beijing in Lockdown Amid Outbreak
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A city of 11 million people near China’s capital has been locked down and its residents tested en-masse for the coronavirus amid the worst outbreak in about two months in the country, which has largely contained Covid-19 within its own borders.

Authorities in Shijiazhuang banned people and vehicles from leaving the city, located in the province of Hebei that surrounds Beijing, CCTV reported late Thursday. Nucleic acid testing is being rolled out city-wide, and five hospitals have been emptied to treat Covid patients, the state broadcaster said, citing Deputy Mayor Meng Xianghong.