In China’s new Covid hotspot, police detain those who violate virus prevention measures

Authorities have also conducted mass testing of residents over the last two weeks. Over 27 million people have been tested since May 26.

But as the government worries about the spread of the Delta variant, authorities have urged citizens to do their part or face punishment under law.

Over the past 24 hours, official Guangzhou government channels on popular messaging app WeChat, have been posting articles reminding people of the laws.

Chen Bin, the deputy director of the Guangzhou Municipal Health Commission, said on Tuesday that if people do not cooperate with the city’s attempts to to stamp out the virus, they could face “legal liability” including fines and detention.

Violations of laws include not wearing masks in public places, not co-operating when asked to take a coronavirus test, not complying when a person has been asked to isolate and quarantine and spreading false information.

Guangzhou police said they have investigated six cases related to violations of regulations on epidemic prevention and control.

One of the cases involved a man staying at a hotel in a district of Guangzhou. He was asked to take a coronavirus test but refused to do so. After an hour of persuasion, police managed to get the man out of his room, but he still refused to be tested, according to the Guangzhou Health Commission. He allegedly then stabbed a police officer with a fork. The man was detained.

Another case involved a man who concealed that he had contact with people with confirmed coronavirus cases. He has also been detained by police.

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