Beijing, China: Officials in Guangzhou, China’s southernmost city, have closed down a neighborhood to combat an increase in cases in the area.
In the last week, the industrial powerhouse north of Hong Kong, which is home to over 15 million people, has recorded 20 new cases of the coronavirus.
The Guangzhou municipal health bureau issued a notice on Saturday designating five streets in the city center’s Liwan district as “high-risk areas” and ordering people to remain indoors until door-to-door testing is done.
The area’s markets, schools, and entertainment places were all closed.
The local authorities hastened to conduct mass testing, and by Wednesday, about 700,000 people had been tested.
After a surge in cases in neighboring nations, China has mostly contained the virus’s spread and strengthened quarantine measures.
Local health officials believe the Guangzhou mini-outbreak is linked to a 75-year-old lady who tested positive for the virus variety initially found in India.
According to the latest numbers from China’s National Health Commission, the total number of confirmed infections has reached 91,061, with 4,636 deaths.