Beijing ‘Cancels New Year Celebrations’ In Bid To Contain Coronavirus

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Kate Forrester


Authorities in Beijing have reportedly cancelled all large-scale Chinese New Year celebrations in a bid to contain the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Action in the Chinese capital comes as health secretary Matt Hancock warned of an “increased risk” of the condition, which has claimed 17 lives so far, reaching the UK.

“In order to control the epidemic, protect people’s lives and health, reduce the mass gathering and ensure people to have a harmonious and peaceful spring festival, it is decided to cancel all the large-scale events, including temple fairs, in Beijing as of today,” a governmental Beijing Culture and Tourism Bureau told broadcaster CNN in a statement.

“Citizens shall strengthen the preventative measures and support the decision. We will notify the policy changes with the epidemic development […] and wish all citizens a happy spring festival.”

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via Huffpost

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