After months of reports of COVID-19 cases in China, the country’s ruling communist party has released official reports stating that the latest outbreak has spread to a third province. A case was reported on May 21 in Guangzhou, the provincial capital of China’s southern coastal province of Guangdong, resulting in the closure and lockdown of a youth centre and a university. Meanwhile, more cases have been reported in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, prompting the city to raise its emergency response level to three.
At a press conference, Guangzhou officials announced that a 75-year-old female patient visited the fever clinic of Liwan District Central Hospital on May 20 and tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the announcement, seven of the woman’s close contacts have been quarantined, including her grandchild, a student at a nearby university. It also stated that residents and workers on Longjin Street in Liwan District, as well as those living nearby, must all submit to nucleic acid testing. It emphasised that no one would be missed.
According to an online video, the Liwan District Central Hospital and the nearby Jinlong Community in Longjin Street, Liwan District, have been closed down, and residents have been tested.
According to social media posts, the woman’s grandchild is a close contact at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. All students, faculty, and staff were required to take the test. The university is situated in the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, the city’s 6,250-acre university district.
“I’m at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, and the university has been closed since 6 a.m. today,” one post said.
Another post stated, “There is a close contact at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, and the entire university district is in danger.”
The university’s lockdown has piqued the interest of netizens, with two related entries topping the most-viewed list on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
Because of the case, classes at the Youth Palace and the Youth Science, Art, and Sports Training Center of Guangzhou City in Liwan District will be suspended for one week beginning May 21.
Meanwhile, in Liaoning Province, two more cases were reported on May 16, and another asymptomatic case was reported on May 21 in Yingkou city. The patient is a 9-year-old elementary school student, bringing the total number of local infections to 16 since May 14.
On May 21, Jin Li, deputy mayor of Yingkou City, announced at a press conference that the boy had visited Volcano Park, Moon Lake Park, Wanda Plaza, Jincheng Bathing, Jinhua Cram School, and Wugong Buke dance school between May 1 and May 13.
Netizens criticised the official announcement for being too general, with insufficient information for city residents to know if they had come into contact with the patient.
“The notification should be more specific to tell us the activity trajectory at a specific time on a specific day, such as which places have been visited on a specific day and during which time period,” one post stated. How can others know if they have been exposed to it if the authorities do not make the specific information public? ”
Because of new COVID-19 cases in the city and an unidentified source of the initial infections, Yingkou has raised its emergency response level to three (four is the highest) and has prohibited people in medium-risk areas from leaving the city.
The first official reports of infections in mainland China for this round of COVID-19 transmission came from Liaoning and Anhui provinces, which blamed each other for the outbreak. Tens of thousands of confirmed patients’ close relatives were notified across six provinces.
The true number of infected people in Yingkou and Anhui province is unknown because the Chinese communist regime has a history of downplaying or covering up crises.
According to Chinese media, epidemic experts believe the first case of infection in this round may have occurred in Yingkou as early as mid-April.