Beijing to tighten health monitoring for overseas arrivals amid new COVID-19 cases

The Chinese city of Beijing has outlined plans to tighten its health monitoring measures for arrivals from overseas, including those who have entered China in the last 21 days, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Beijing will comprehensively enhance the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus disease pandemic, according to Xu Hejian, spokesperson for the Beijing Municipal Government, who shared the news at a press conference.

The city, which has a population of around 21.5 million, reported seven new locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases last Monday.

As a result, winter vacation will begin earlier than scheduled at primary and secondary schools in Beijing amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the city, an official said.

Primary schools will close on January 16, while the winter break will start on January 23 for grade one and two secondary school students, announced a spokesperson for the Beijing Municipal Education Commission.

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