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Airbnb stops all Beijing bookings as coronavirus fears grow

Airbnb has paused taking bookings in Beijing for the rest of this month because of the coronavirus outbreak. The San Francisco-based home-rental company has suspended bookings in China’s capital with check-in dates from Feb. 7 to Feb. 29 in light of local authorities’ guidance “during this public health emergency,” it said in a statement Monday. “Airbnb appreciates that disease control efforts are causing overall travel disruptions that also affect our community of guests and hosts,” the company said. Airbnb said it will give refunds to customers who had canceled their reservations and allow affected hosts and guests to cancel bookings without charges under a policy for extenuating circumstances. The company will continue ...