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People queue up for nucleic acid testing on May 26, 2021 in Guangzhou, China.
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GUANGZHOU, China – Authorities in southern China’s Guangdong province are conducting massive trials and shutting down areas to try to control the Guangzhou coronavirus outbreak.
IN the city quoted the delta variant of the coronavirusfirst identified in India as the driving force behind the rise in cases reported since the second half of May. Delta strain known as highly transmissible…
Guangzhou, a city of over 15 million and the provincial capital, has reported 96 of the more than 100 cases in Guangdong during the latest outbreak.
China, where the coronavirus first emerged last year, quickly brought the epidemic under control, with very few cases reported in the past 12 months. However, clusters have sprung up in some parts of the country, including major cities such as the capital Beijing and the financial center of Shanghai.
The cases in Guangzhou are potentially even more worrisome because they are linked to the Delta strain of coronavirus, which can spread very quickly.
75-year-old woman from LebanonOn May 21, the first confirmed case of the Delta variant was confirmed in the Guangzhou area in the west of the city. She visited a restaurant and infected her husband. The latest infections started from there and have since spread to other parts of the city.
Lebanon, still the hardest hit area, has imposed severe restrictions on some streets. Some areas do not allow people outside of a certain area, and residents are not allowed to leave their home. 24-hour checkpoints have been established to monitor movement to and from these areas.
Restaurants and entertainment venues were also closed.
But the virus has also spread to other parts of the city and province. Foshan, a city southwest of Guangzhou, has reported cases. On June 4, six members of the same family in the Nansha District of Guangzhou tested positive for the coronavirus. On Sunday, a positive case was found at Shenzhen’s Chinese technology center, home to companies such as Huawei and Tencent.
In other areas of Guangzhou, less affected by the latest cluster of cases, some restaurants and bars have started offering take-out menus.
After the first case was discovered, Guangzhou first conducted mass trials in Lebanon, which have since spread to other areas.
In a central business district known as Zhujiang New City, residents were asked to take a test at a site near their apartments from Friday to Sunday.
At one of these landfills, which was set up on a road full of bars and restaurants, there were huge queues on Friday.
More than 16 million tests were performed in Guangzhou from May 26 to June 5 midnight.
In Guangzhou, authorities have imposed tighter travel restrictions. Some metro stations in the city are closed. The authorities urged people not to leave the city. But if residents are required to leave the province, they must pass a negative nucleic acid test within 48 hours of their departure. Travelers used to have a 72 hour window.
Hundreds of domestic flights have also been canceled from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
Guangzhou has become a hub for self-driving car companies to test their vehicles on public roads. And since Lebanon is blocked, these firms are transporting goods in their autonomous vehicles to Lebanon.
Guangzhou-based WeRide used its self-contained bus to transport food to Lebanon. Pony.ai, another autonomous driving company, has sent its vehicles to Lebanon with supplies.
Chinese internet giant Baidu has also used its autonomous vehicles to deliver food and medical personnel to affected areas.
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