China locks down part of province outside Beijing as coronavirus cases spike


A medical worker wearing a protective suit collects a throat swab from a local resident for Covid-19 antigen rapid test at a temporary testing center on Jan. 6, 2021 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province of China.

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BEIJING — Chinese authorities are starting to lock down parts of a province neighboring Beijing after a spike in coronavirus cases.

The restrictions implemented in Hebei this week are some of the strictest since the spread of Covid-19 stalled within the country in March, and come as new waves of the coronavirus hit the U.S. and Europe. China’s initial tough response to the pandemic contributed to a 6.8% contraction in the economy in the first…


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