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China closes as virus resurges

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BEIJING: China reported 89 new virus cases, 86 of them among travelers arriving from abroad, but no new deaths.

Across the country, 1,170 people remain under treatment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) while 1,077 others are suspected to have the disease or have tested positive but are showing no symptoms. The country’s total death toll stood at 3,341 out of 82,249 cases.

The sudden surge of infections prompted Beijing to wall itself off to outsiders with drastic measures to protect China’s seat of power against the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections from other regions.

After largely getting the outbreak under control, China has banned foreigners from entering the country as authorities fret over an increase in cases imported from abroad — though most have been Chinese citizens.

But Beijing has gone a step further, imposing a strict 14-day quarantine on people arriving from other parts of China, regardless of whether they test negative for Covid-19 — a measure not required in other cities.

The ruling Communist Party postponed its once-a-year congress, known as the “two sessions,” in March and experts said it likely wants to make sure the thousands of delegates who participate are not at risk before a new date is set.

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