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China Builds New Quarantine Center As Virus Cases Rise

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A medical worker gives a coronavirus vaccine shot to a patient at a vaccination facility in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

(AP) — A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the Lunar New Year travel rush. State media showed crews leveling earth, pouring concrete and assembling prefabricated housing units in farmland outside the provincial capital of Hebei province that has seen the bulk of new cases. China has largely contained further domestic spread of coronavirus, but the recent spike has raised concerns due to the proximity to Beijing and the impending rush of people planning to travel large distances to rejoin their families for the country’s most important traditional festival. A WHO team, meanwhile, is preparing to collect data on the origin of the pandemic after arriving in Wuhan.

 

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