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Neighbourhood in Guangzhou under lockdown after fresh Covid-19 outbreak


BEIJING (AFP) – A neighbourhood in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has been placed under lockdown as officials rushed to quell an uptick in Covid-19 cases in the area.

Guangzhou, an industrial hub north of Hong Kong and home to nearly 15 million people, has reported 20 new cases of the coronavirus in the past week.

A notice by the Guangzhou municipal health bureau issued on Saturday (May 29) identified five streets in Liwan district in the city centre as “high-risk areas” and ordered residents to stay indoors until door-to-door testing is completed.

Markets, schools and entertainment venues in the area were shut.

The city government has rushed to conduct mass testing and about 700,000 people had been tested by Wednesday.

China has largely controlled the spread of the virus and has tightened quarantine rules after a surge in cases in neighbouring countries.

The mini-outbreak in Guangzhou is believed to be linked to a 75-year-old woman who tested positive for the virus variant first identified in India, local health officials said.

The total number of confirmed infections in China to date stands at 91,061, with 4,636 deaths, according to the latest figures from the National Health Commission.





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