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Shanghai evacuates neighbourhood after three COVID-19 cases

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Shanghai authorities have begun the evacuation of a neighbourhood after Chinese officials discovered at least three new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

Police cordon off an area around a residential neighbourhood in Shanghai’s Huangpu district on January 21, 2021, after Chinese officials discovered at least three new COVID-19 cases in the area near the historic Bund riverfront. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Officials did not state how many people were being moved out of the area in central Shanghai as they ramped up testing to stamp out the small outbreak, the latest example of China’s tough response to small clusters.

Two of the people found with the virus work at hospitals and are neighbours, local health officials told a press conference.

The third case was detected in one of their contacts.

An AFP reporter at the scene said that buses were on standby and being disinfected before whisking away people living in the neighbourhood to a hotel.

The COVID-19 emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, unleashing a global pandemic which has killed more than two million people and shattered economies.

But with aggressive lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions, the country has broadly managed to bring the virus under control within its borders.

There has recently been a small uptick however in locally transmitted infections.

About 1.6 million residents were banned from leaving Beijing on Wednesday after two cases linked to a new virus variant in Britain were found in the Chinese capital.

The virus has officially killed fewer than 5,000 people in China.

AFP

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