Coronavirus: China locks down a city on Myanmar border
China has locked down a city on the border with Myanmar and ordered all its residents to be tested for Covid-19 after a number of people infected with the coronavirus illegally entered the city from the neighbouring country.
The cases were found in the city of Ruili in western Yunnan province, an important land border crossing point with neighbouring Myanmar.
Official media reported that “wartime” anti-epidemic measures have been put in place in Ruili city with over 200,000 people in southwest China’s Yunnan province.
City officials said in a statement on Tuesday that residents were being told to stay home and people had been forbidden from entering or leaving the city from Monday evening.
Transport connections have been snapped and residents have been ordered not to leave the city until further notice. Outsiders are not being allowed inside city limits.
Meanwhile, trade and businesses, except those dealing in essential services such as pharmacies and food markets, have been closed.
Screening for illegal immigrants from Myanmar will be carried out in communities, shops, restaurants and construction sites.
City officials have also advised anyone who travelled out of Ruili on or after September 12 to get tested.
Ruili is separated by a shallow river from the border town of Muse, Myanmar’s main gateway to China and known for sleazy streets, weapons, casinos and drugs.
Besides Ruili, at least eight border prefectures and 25 border counties in the province should enter wartime status immediately, enhancing anti-epidemic measures and border management to prevent imported cases, local officials were quoted as saying by official media.
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