The provincial legislature of Guangdong, where the two cities are located, also passed a bill to ban all trade in wildlife, which has been linked to a number of outbreaks of disease.
Chinese authorities have begun emergency requisitioning of private hospitals, hotels, apartments, cars and even face masks as the country’s rising number of coronavirus patients threatens to overwhelm local government facilities.
Guangzhou and Shenzhen’s city legislatures passed the measures on Tuesday during urgent meetings. It marks the first time after the establishment of China’s property law in 2007 where governments have been allowed to seize private property using emergency powers.
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