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  Schools in China close to stop Sars spreading
Updated 23 April 2003, 08.57

Schools in Beijing, the capital of China, are to close for two weeks to try and stop the deadly disease Sars from spreading.

Sars is a serious type of flu and can lead to breathing problems and, in the worst cases, death.

There are around 4,000 people with the disease across the world, but only 200 people have died - mainly in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada.


But the Chinese government is worried that the illness is spreading after there was a big rise in the number of people with the disease in Beijing.

It's now told more than a million and a half kids to stay at home for two weeks from Thursday.

Governments take action

Many people in Beijing are wearing masks and the trains and buses are being sprayed with disinfectant to try and stop the virus spreading.

Governments in other parts of the world are also taking action.

In one Australian state, anyone thought to have the illness will be put into quarantine.

There have only been six cases of people getting Sars in Britain - and they've all made a full recovery from the illness after being treated in isolation in hospital.

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