Chinese county restricts travel as Beijing races to contain virus

BEIJING (AFP) – Travel restrictions were placed on nearly half a million people near Beijing yesterday as authorities rush to contain a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus with a mass test-and-trace effort and lockdowns in parts of the Chinese capital. Another 21 cases of the virus were reported in the past 24 hours in Beijing, the National Health Commission said, taking the total number to 158 since a fresh cluster was detected last week after months of no confirmed local transmissions. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin