Officials in the southern China city of Guangzhou have enacted a targeted shutdown in an effort to contain a new COVID-19 outbreak.
Five streets in the Liwan district have been hit with stay-at-home orders, with only one person in each household allowed to leave for necessities each day, according to the Global Times, citing a statement from government officials.
Entertainment and sports venues, large markets, and childcare facilities in the neighborhood were also asked to close, while restaurants can offer only takeout orders.
Guangzhou is a sprawling city of 15 million people. It has reported just 20 new COVID-19 infections this week, but one local official said the outbreak was both fast and strong, according to reports.
Chinese officials were apparently caught off guard by the outbreak after believing the virus had been completely contained, and reacted swiftly to prevent it from spreading throughout Guangzhou and into surrounding cities.
Citywide in Guangzhou, large gatherings have been banned while indoor public venues are restricted to 75 percent capacity.
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