Beijing airports cancel 1,255 flights over coronavirus fears: Report

WION Web Team
New Delhi Updated: Jun 17, 2020, 10:14 AM(IST)

This file photo taken on March 27, 2020 shows people standing below a board showing international arrivals, in the empty arrivals area at Beijing Capital Airport. Photograph:( AFP )

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City officials have urged residents not to leave the city, and several provinces have quarantined travellers from Beijing after more than 130 new cases were confirmed in the capital in recent days, the report added.

Beijing cancelled at least 1,255 inbound and outbound flights on Wednesday, representing nearly 70 percent of all services, an AFP report said quoting the state-run People's Daily.

The cancellation of flights comes amid growing fears of coronavirus outbreak, the report added.

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City officials have urged residents not to leave the city, and several provinces have quarantined travellers from Beijing after more than 130 new cases were confirmed in the capital in recent days, the report added.

"The epidemic situation in the capital is extremely severe," Beijing city spokesman Xu Hejian warned at a press conference Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people in the city linked to the virus cluster -- believed to have started in the capital's sprawling Xinfadi wholesale food market -- are being tested for the virus, with almost 30 residential compounds in the city now under lockdown.

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Beijing has now reported 137 infections over the last six days, with six new asymptomatic cases and three suspected cases on Wednesday, according to the city's health commission.

An additional two domestic cases, one in neighbouring Hebei province and another in Zhejiang, were reported by national authorities on Wednesday, while there were 11 imported cases.

(With inputs from AFP)

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