Beijing city tightens COVID-19 curbs ahead of New Year, parliament meeting

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Man walks past a pavilion decorated with red lanterns ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year festivity in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing city will require people arriving from low-risk areas in China between Jan. 28 and March 15 to show negative COVID-19 test results, tightening curbs ahead of the Lunar New Year and the annual parliament meeting.

People entering the capital from those areas will need to undergo a 14-day health observation period after arrival, Xu Hejian, spokesman of the Beijing city government, said on Wednesday.

COVID-19 tests will also be performed on the seventh and 14th day of their arrival, he told reporters.

The tighter measures come ahead of the Lunar New Year peak travel season kicking off on Thursday, and before China's annual parliamentary meeting starting on March 5.

(Correcting period of health observation in par 2 to post-arrival not pre-arrival)

(Reporting by Ryan Woo and Lusha Zhang; Editing by Andrew Heavens)