Coronavirus: Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees

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Workers wearing protective suits disinfect a commercial complex in Beijing following an outbreak of the coronavirusImage copyrightReuters
Image caption More than 63,000 people in China have been infected with the coronavirus

Beijing has ordered everyone returning to the city to go into quarantine for 14 days or risk punishment in the latest attempt to contain the new coronavirus, state media report.

Residents were told to “self-quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine” after returning to the Chinese capital from holidays.

The measure came as Egypt confirmed the first coronavirus case in Africa.

Over 1,300 people have died from the virus, which originated in Wuhan city.

The notice on Friday from Beijing’s virus prevention working group was issued as residents returned from spending the Lunar New Year in other parts of China.