23 February 2020,   21:35
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Coronavirus outbreak - China shuts down part of Great Wall

China announced today, January, 24, it will close a section of the Great Wall and other famous Beijing landmarks to control the spread of a deadly virus that has infected hundreds of people across the country.

A range of Lunar New Year festivities have been cancelled to try to contain the virus, and Beijing’s Forbidden City has also been closed temporarily.

The Ming Tombs and Yinshan Pagoda will also be closed from Saturday, the authority that oversees the sites said, while the Bird’s Nest stadium - the site of the 2008 Olympic Games - was shuttered from Friday.

The Bird’s Nest will be closed until Jan 30 in order to “prevent and control” the spread of the virus, authorities said. An ice and snow show taking place on the pitch will be closed.

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