Cities in Guangdong, China’s most populous province, have closed compounds and roads and required negative COVID-19 test results for some travelers as local health officials sought to control the outbreak.
All 10 of China’s locally confirmed mainland cases for June 1 were in Guangdong, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday, seven in the provincial capital Guangzhou and three in the nearby city of Foshan.
Guangdong, China’s manufacturing and export hub and largest province of economic output, has stepped up coronavirus prevention and control efforts since the latest wave of cases in late May.
Guangzhou has reported 41 locally confirmed cases and six in Foshan between May 21 and June 1.
Both cities have ordered residents of some neighborhoods to stay at home, and require people to leave cities by plane, train or long-distance bus to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days.
Cases have prompted some Guangzhou residents to converge at vaccination sites without advance appointments for COVID-19 vaccine shots.
The crowding has been “severe” in some places, Guangzhou disease control official Zhang Zhoubin told reporters on Tuesday.
Guangzhou has suspended in-person appointments and prioritized vaccination to key groups, to ensure adequate medical staff to work on virus prevention.
Mainland China reported 24 new coronavirus cases on June 1, compared with 23 a day earlier, and 15 new asymptomatic cases, compared to 19 a day earlier. China does not classify asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.
Shenzhen’s tech hub, Guangdong, also saw two new local asymptomatic infections on June 1, raising the city’s total number of asymptomatic cases since May 21 to 15.
Shenzhen airport requires passengers departing from the airport to show negative results of virus tests carried out within three days from travel to carry identification documents from Guangzhou or Foshan.
An official of the city’s health authorities said on Sunday that the recent infection in Guangzhou was of the fastest-spreading virus strain in India. Officials are still investigating the source of the outbreak.
The Shenzhen outbreak is unrelated to the Guangzhou outbreak. Officials there suspect the virus was transmitted by port workers in local communities, with 11 cases infected with the strain spreading to Britain.
Also in Maoming city, Guangdong province, an asymptomatic infection was detected on May 25 from contact with a confirmed patient in Guangzhou.
As of June 1, China had a total of 91,146 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while its death toll remained unchanged at 4,636.
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