Coronavirus: Beijing orders quarantine for all international arrivals in capital

Passengers wear face masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus as they arrive at Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing, on March 11, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - All international arrivals in Beijing must undergo two weeks of quarantine, a city official said on Wednesday (March 11), as China tries to limit imported cases of the new coronavirus.

Beijing had already required quarantine for people arriving from hard-hit countries, including South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan but Mr Zhang Qiang, a city government official, said at a press conference that those landing from any nation would now face 14-day isolation.

The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, Hubei province, in late December, has killed more than 4,300 people and infected around 120,000 worldwide.

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