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China locks up a neighborhood in Guangzhou near Hong Kong after Covid surgery

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Guangzhou is locked after a rapid rise in Covid cases. (AFP)

Beijing, China:

A neighborhood in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is locked up as officials rush to quell possible returns in the area.

The industrial hub north of Hong Kong, home to nearly 15 million people, reported 20 cases of the Corona virus last week.

A statement from the Guangzhou Municipal Health Bureau on Saturday identified five streets in the downtown Liwan area as “high-risk areas” and instructed residents to stay at home until the door-to-door test is completed.

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

The city government is in a hurry to conduct extensive tests, and as of Wednesday, about 700,000 people have been tested.

China has largely controlled the outbreak of the virus and tightened quarantine laws as cases have increased in neighboring countries.

According to the latest figures from the National Health Commission, the total number of confirmed infections in China to date has been 91,061, with 4,636 deaths.

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