Lockdowns expanded in Beijing amid new coronavirus outbreak

Lockdowns expanded in Beijing amid new coronavirus outbreak
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Beijing expanded its lockdowns on Tuesday, closing a third neighborhood amid a new coronavirus outbreak.

Chinese officials are attempting to contain the new outbreak as the capital city has recorded 106 cases of COVID-19 through the end of Monday, The Associated Press reported. On Monday, the country reported 40 new cases nationwide, including 27 in Beijing.

Authorities locked down seven residential compounds in the Xicheng district, where the first case was detected, and prevented residents from leaving the city if they are from high-risk areas. So far, officials are only restricting movement in areas with new cases.

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The city shut down schools and raised its emergency response to the second-highest level on Tuesday, according to China Central Television (CCTV), Bloomberg News reported. Schools will run classes online again, and college students will stop going to campus.

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