March 18, 2020 / 8:51 AM / in 14 days

China's Hubei to send all arrivals from abroad to central quarantine for 14 days - state media

An empty field is seen at a closed secondary school in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s central Hubei province will transfer all arrivals from abroad who show no risks of coronavirus infection to a central quarantine facility for 14 days, reported state media on Wednesday.

The move follows a similar policy imposed by the capital Beijing this week, as China seeks to slow the number of coronavirus cases from people arriving from abroad.

It was not clear when the new policy would start in Hubei, which was the epicentre of the virus outbreak in China and the place where the first cases emerged last year.

Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Alex Richardson

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