Chinese city near Myanmar border to test all residents after coronavirus cases

  • Chinese city near Myanmar border to test all residents after coronavirus cases

Chinese city near Myanmar border to test all residents after coronavirus cases

Yang Bianqiang, vice mayor of Ruili, told a press conference on Monday that the city would repatriate those who can not verify their time of arrival into China, "have no fixed residence and have no fixed place to work".

A city in the southwestern Yunnan province has gone into "wartime mode" after two travelers from Myanmar tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ruili authorities put the entire population in quarantine, people have been forbidden from entering or leaving the city, and those who traveled from there before Saturday were called to report their health condition to the communities where they arrived. Authorities have stated they will now test everyone in the city for the disease. Businesses in the city have been forced to close, with only supermarkets, pharmacies, and food markets allowed to stay open.

Following the recent infections, authorities imposed strict restrictions on eight cities and 25 counties along the border, while citywide nucleic testing will be carried out in Ruili. It also banned vehicles from the streets for the duration of testing, unless delivering essential items.

Ruili is separated by a shallow river from the border town of Muse, Myanmar's main gateway to China.

Yang Bianqiang, vice mayor of Ruili, said that the city would repatriate those who can not verify their time of arrival into China, "have no fixed residence and have no fixed place to work".

The Chinese Embassy in Myanmar on Tuesday held a telephone conference with Myanmar's officials to coordinate strengthening the joint prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic in the two countries.

The new infections have sparked concerns over illegal crossings in the province, which shares a 1,941-kilometer border with Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.

So far, commercial hub Yangon, capital Naypyidaw and conflict-stricken Rakhine state are all under lockdown.