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Coronavirus

Beijing seals off homes, shuts venues over COVID-19 outbreak

Capital's measures come amid calls to end Shanghai's monthlong lockdown

A courier hands a delivery order to a security guard over a fence as Beijing sealed off residential compounds in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Beijing on Friday sealed off apartment blocks and closed movie theaters, gyms and shopping malls in an attempt to halt the spread of the latest COVID cluster -- all while Shanghai said millions of residents in low-risk districts could leave their homes for the first time in a month.

China's capital is ramping up mass testing among 21 million residents, including in the Chaoyang district, which officials said accounted for the biggest share of cases.

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