Coronavirus: Beijing virus situation ‘extremely severe,’ warns official

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A Beijing city official warned Tuesday that the situation in the capital was “extremely severe” as a fresh cluster of coronavirus cases prompted mass testing and lockdowns.

“Currently, the most important and urgent task is to resolutely prevent and control the epidemic,” city spokesman Xu Hejian told a press briefing, adding the city must “take the most determined, decisive and strictest measures” to bring the new outbreak under control.

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