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Coronavirus

Beijing to quarantine all arrivals as economic life struggles to pick up

China capital aims to halt the spread of the virus by imposing 14-day rule

An Ele.me worker wearing a face mask delivers food amid snowfall in Beijing.    © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- The Chinese capital Beijing on Friday imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and threatened to punish those who failed to comply.

It was not immediately clear how the restriction, relayed by the official Beijing Daily newspaper, would be enforced, or whether it would apply to non-residents of Beijing or foreigners arriving from abroad.

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