China seal ENTIRE city as 2nd wave panic erupts

Elias Hubbard
September 16, 2020

Ruili is part of Dehong Prefecture in China's southwestern province of Yunnan.

According to Ruili authorities (link in Chinese), the two new cases are both Myanmar citizens from the central Mandalay region who illegally entered the Chinese city on September 3 as part of a group.

The authorities have ordered residents to isolate at home and have forbidden people from entering or leaving the city for a one-week period effective from 10 p.m. Monday, the statement added.

They said every resident will be tested for the virus in Ruili, which is home to more than 2,10,000 people. Businesses have been closed except for supermarkets, pharmacies and food markets.

Officials in the city claimed two illegal immigrants from Myanmar tested positive for coronavirus. State-run Chinese tabloid said authorities in Ruili and the surrounding region have entered into "wartime status" in order to combat the spread of the virus.

As of Monday, Yunnan had seven confirmed and four asymptomatic coronavirus cases, all of them imported, according to authorities.

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.

Ruili is separated by a shallow river from the border town of Muse, Myanmar's main gateway to China known for sleazy streets, weapons, casinos and drugs.

China has largely controlled the spread of the virus through a series of travel restrictions and strict lockdowns, starting with the central city of Wuhan were the virus first emerged late a year ago. Although local infections have dwindled in recent months, authorities remain on guard against imported infections from overseas.

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