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A passenger wearing a face mask checks her mobile phone while riding the subway as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China. REUTERS

A passenger wearing a face mask checks her mobile phone while riding the subway as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China. REUTERS

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A passenger wearing a face mask checks her mobile phone while riding the subway as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China. REUTERS

Group dining at weddings and birthday gatherings have been banned in Beijing as China continues to tighten restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

People have been told to avoid crowds and not meet in large groups in the country's capital of 21 million people. Those suspected to have fallen ill or been exposed to the virus are being forced to self-quarantine in their homes.

In Shanghai, the country's biggest city, officials have been sealing the doors of buildings with tape to track if people have left.

Meanwhile, housing compounds in the nearby city of Hangzhou are restricting when people can go outdoors to buy basic necessities, such as groceries, only allowing one person per household to leave every few days.

The BBC has reported that Hubei province, where the virus is thought to have spread from, has switched off lifts in high-rise buildings to discourage residents from going outside.

Chinese state media reported that a newborn baby had become the youngest person to become infected with the coronavirus, after being diagnosed just 30 hours after being born in Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic.

The baby was born on February 2 and is now in a stable condition and under observation.

The case raises questions about whether the newborn caught the virus in the womb or after birth. The mother had tested positive for the coronavirus while pregnant.

Outside mainland China, governments are scrambling to tighten their borders.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's leader, has bowed to pressure from striking health workers and ruled that, from tomorrow, anyone arriving in the city from mainland China will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk


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