China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a new outbreak on Sunday, as authorities warned it was soon to “relax” over the new cluster of cases.

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After China largely brought the coronavirus under control, hundreds were infected in Beijing and cases emerged in neighbouring Hebei province.

Health officials said Sunday that Anxin county – about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Beijing – will be “fully enclosed and controlled”, the same measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan.

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