China’s Guangzhou fights Delta Covid variant with quarantine, mass trials

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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.

Bulk testing, travel restrictions

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