- Checkpoints prevent anyone entering or leaving city of Ruili; WHO warns against swift reopening in Latin America; New Zealand in recession
China has locked down a city on its border with Myanmar and launched a campaign to test the city’s entire population of more than 200,000 people.
Officials in Ruili in Yunnan province said the city had entered a state of “wartime” defences against Covid-19 after two new cases emerged among travellers from Myanmar. Residents have been ordered to stay at home and authorities have set up checkpoints to prevent anyone entering or leaving Ruili and restricting access to border areas nearby. Most businesses have been closed.
On Thursday, more than 360 testing sites were set up and almost 1,200 people deployed to conduct testing around the clock. Ruan Chengfa, deputy secretary of Yunnan’s party committee, said in a meeting on Wednesday that local authorities were implementing a strict policy of “complete inspection, strict quarantine. No entry and no exit.” As of Tuesday evening, 60,000 people had been tested.
Officials have also said they would crack down on illegal migration and would deport any residents who could not verify a fixed residence or place of work.
China – which has largely contained the virus with more than 85,000 cases and an official death toll that remains at 4,634 – continues to battle imported cases. On Thursday, the country reported nine new cases as of Wednesday, all of them from travellers coming from overseas.