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Guangzhou tries to avoid lockdown

Covid case numbers have skyrocketed in several major Chinese cities. The southern metropolis of Guangzhou is particularly affected, facing the worst outbreak since the pandemic began and trying to prevent a Shanghai-style citywide lockdown. As of Tuesday, authorities reported 2,377 new local cases, including only 114 with symptoms. Two weeks ago, case numbers in China’s third-largest city had been in double digits. Restaurants or bars in the city have been closed, but so far only the hardest-hit Haizhu district in the city center has been cordoned off. Neighboring Shenzhen had used similar tactics to prevent a complete lockdown in the spring.

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