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Beijing orders 14-day coronavirus quarantine for everyone arriving in the city

Beijing has ordered anyone returning to the city to be quarantined for 14 days or risk punishment in a bid to contain coronavirus. 

Residents were told to either 'self quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine' when they returned to the Chinese capital which is home to more than 20 million people.  

It comes as 1,384 people have died from the virus, which originated in Wuhan, with more than 64,000 cases. 

The decision was put in place after Africa confirmed its first case of coronavirus in Egypt. 

A woman wears a protective mask as she holds flowers given to her on Valentines Day in Beijing, China 

The notice was issued from Beijing's virus prevention working group as residents returned home after spending Lunar New Year across the country, according to the BBC. 

China has reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with the killer coronavirus, with the death toll now nearing 1,400.

The National Health Commission said 121 more deaths were recorded yesterday, as well as 5,090 new confirmed cases.

China has reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with the killer coronavirus, with the death toll now nearing 1,400. Pictured: Woman wears a protective mask in Beijing

A man and woman wear protective masks as they walk through an empty shopping centre in Beijing, China

The number of reported cases has been rising more quickly after the hardest-hit province changed its method of counting them.

There are now almost 64,000 confirmed cases in mainland China, of which 1,381 have died, according to the national body.

Hubei province is now including cases based on a physician's diagnosis and before they have been confirmed by lab tests.

The acceleration in the number of cases does not necessarily represent a sudden surge in new infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  

There are now almost 64,000 confirmed cases in mainland China, of which 1,381 have died, according to the national body. Pictured: Woman wears a protective mask in Beijing, China