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On Wednesday, with 1.6 million people barred from leaving Beijing, a partial lockout was imposed on the Chinese capital after a number of cases were found.

Seven incidents, including six in the southern Daxing district, were registered in the town on Wednesday.

The district said that all 1.6 million Daxing citizens must not leave Beijing until they have received special authorization from the authorities and have tested negative for Covid-19 in the last three days.

Meetings of 50 or more persons in the district have been banned, although the district government said, “weddings should be postponed and funerals simplified.”

Both kindergarten, primary and secondary students in the district were also ordered to study at home.

Residents were told to stay indoors in five Daxing neighbourhoods where the cases were found.

Daxing covers one of the two international airports in the region.

And as the rest of the world deals with mounting deaths and overburdened hospitals, China has largely got the epidemic under control.

But a rash of minor, isolated outbreaks has forced Chinese officials to order mass scans, stringent lockdowns, and plan to stamp out a revival by forcing thousands into quarantine facilities.

On Wednesday, China registered 103 new cases, including seven in Peking.

The outbreaks, including in the neighboring province of Hebei, have put China on high alert ahead of the forthcoming Lunar New Year holiday for a possible surge of events.

Meanwhile, nearly three million residents were put under lockdown on Monday in northeastern Jilin province after a traveling salesman contaminated over a hundred people.

The provincial Communist Party newspaper Heilongjiang Daily announced Wednesday that Heilongjiang, another northeastern province, has reprimanded 16 officials for ‘not doing their job’ to avoid recent clusters of cases in the province.

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