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Coronavirus: Everyone returning to Beijing must go into quarantine or be punished, China warns

Jon Sharman
A Chinese man wears a protective mask as he stands near the CCTV building in fog and pollution during rush hour in Beijing's central business district: Getty Images

Anyone returning to Beijing from a holiday must enter a 14-day period of quarantine, or face punishment, authorities in the Chinese have said.

The measure is designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that has so far killed nearly 1,400 people and infected some 65,000, mostly in mainland China.

But it was not immediately clear how the stricture would be enforced, or whether it applied to foreigners and people not normally resident in Beijing.

It was announced in the state-run Beijing Daily newspaper.

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