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China locks down metropolis on Myanmar border over coronavirus

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China has locked down a metropolis on the border with Myanmar and introduced plans to launch a mass coronavirus testing programme after authorities detected two new coronavirus circumstances there.
The circumstances had been discovered within the metropolis of Ruili in western Yunnan province, a serious land border crossing level with neighbouring Myanmar.  
City officers stated in an announcement on Tuesday that residents had been being informed to remain home and other people had been forbidden from getting into or leaving the town from Monday night.
They stated each resident can be examined for the virus in Ruili, which is home to greater than 210,000 individuals. Businesses have been closed apart from supermarkets, pharmacies and meals markets.
The Global Times, a state-run tabloid, stated authorities in Ruili and a variety of different border areas had entered “wartime status” to reinforce anti-epidemic measures and border administration.
The infections had been introduced in from Myanmar and Chinese authorities would “crack down on illegal immigrants”, officers stated. One of them was a 32-year-old girl who was initially asymptomatic, and the opposite was a 16-year-old lady, in line with the Global Times.
City officers have additionally suggested anybody who travelled out of Ruili on or after September 12 to get examined.

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Ruili is separated by a shallow river from the border city of Muse, Myanmar’s fundamental gateway to China and recognized for sleazy streets, weapons, casinos and medicines.
Yang Bianqiang, vice mayor of Ruili, informed a press convention on Monday that the town would repatriate those that can’t confirm their time of arrival into China, “have no fixed residence and have no fixed place to work”.
China has largely managed the unfold of the virus by means of a sequence of travel restrictions and strict lockdowns, beginning with the central metropolis of Wuhan had been the virus first emerged late final yr.
However, there have been a variety of localised outbreaks in latest months together with within the capital Beijing.
The nation’s borders stay closed to most foreigners, and the vast majority of infections in latest months have been amongst nationals getting back from abroad.
Seven different circumstances had been reported round China on Tuesday – all introduced in from different international locations, the National Health Commission stated. SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies

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