NNA - 1.6 million residents were banned from leaving Beijing on Wednesday as two Covid-19 cases linked to a new UK virus variant were found in the Chinese capital.
China has lauded its response to the pandemic, which emerged in the central city of Wuhan just over a year ago but has been broadly brought to heel, officially killing fewer than 5,000 Chinese people.
Authorities have been swift to stamp out local clusters of cases with lockdowns, mass testing regimes and travel restrictions.
With the Lunar New Year Holiday looming, officials had been keen to avoid an outbreak in Beijing, the heart of political power.
But a handful of cases have been detected in the capital in recent days, with six more reported Wednesday in southern Daxing district.
Officials said that the two cases in Daxing were linked to a UK variant believed to be a more transmissible form of the virus and were first detected on Sunday.--AFP