(Reuters)-China reported the largest daily increase in new COVID-19 cases in more than two months, as a city in the southwestern Yunnan Province bordering Myanmar accounted for all new local cases.
The local government of Ruili City quarantined urban residents at home, carried out large-scale testing activities, and began to restrict people from entering and leaving the urban area last week after reporting COVID-19 patients.
The city accounted for all of the 15 new local cases reported on April 4. The total number of new COVID-19 infections (including imported infections from overseas) is 32, the highest total since January 31
State media reported that genetic analysis of the cases found in Ruili showed that the new local infection originated from a virus imported from Myanmar. Among the new patients reported by the city, 11 were identified as Myanmar citizens.
Ruili is an important transit point in Yunnan Province. Last year, as people were seeking safe havens during the pandemic and people were crossing the border without authorization, Ruili has been working hard to monitor the 4,000 kilometers (2,500 kilometers) between its borders with Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Mile) illegal immigrants at the border.
Local authorities have also started vaccination campaigns in Ruili to curb COVID-19 and build immunity for cattle in the city.
The number of new asymptomatic cases not classified as confirmed cases in China is 18, which is in line with the total number of the previous day.
Currently, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China is 90,305, and the death toll is still 4,636.
(Reporting by Se Young Lee in Washington; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Michael Perry)