Residents of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou will not be able to leave unless they can show that it is absolutely necessary to do so, following the COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened dozens
BEIJING — Residents of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou will not be able to leave unless they can show that it is absolutely necessary to do so, following an outbreak of COVID-19 that sickened dozens of people in recent days.
Anyone who has been allowed to visit must show a negative test for the virus taken in the past 48 hours, according to rules issued by the city government that took effect on Monday. The same rule applies to anyone seeking to leave the surrounding province of Guangdong.
The city is also banning indoor dining, conducting mass testing and banning residents from leaving their homes in high-risk areas. At least two districts in the city with a population of 18 lakh have been completely locked down.
The variant that caused the Guangzhou outbreak – the delta variant first identified in India – is reportedly more contagious because those who have it are slower to exhibit symptoms while carrying more virus particles.
Guangzhou has reported no deaths from the outbreak, but the city reported four other locally transmitted cases in the 24 hours before Monday morning, bringing the total to more than 100 as recently as May 21.
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TOKYO — Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost province, is closing several schools to prevent the country’s worst per capita rate of coronavirus infections.
Gov. Denny Tamaki said closing schools could curb the spread because about one in three cases was in people under 30.
Primary and secondary schools in Okinawa’s 22 hotspot cities will remain closed until June 20. The island and nine other regions of Japan have a state of emergency, but Okinawa’s infections are near a record-high and hospital beds are filled to almost full capacity. .
Okinawa health experts have indicated there was a jump in tourist influx during the holiday week in early May, raising further concerns about how the Tokyo Olympics could affect Japan’s virus situation. Despite the discouragement from medical professionals and opposition from the Japanese public, the Games are sure to take place.
Across Japan, daily infections have ranged between 2,000 and 3,000 over the past few days, down from a recent peak of more than 7,000 in early May. More than 13,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the country, of which three-fourths occurred this year.
Japan has so far fully vaccinated about 4 million people, or 3% of its population.