Ruili, a Chinese city on the border with Myanmar, started a city-wide mass vaccination campaign for its approximately 300,000 residents after dozens of Covid-1
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According to the government statement, as of March 29, Ruili has identified 16 symptomatic cases and 30 asymptomatic cases. The government pointed out that many patients are Myanmar nationals.
The government did not indicate whether they were refugees from Myanmar.
According to a statement issued by the Yunnan Provincial News Department, Ruili officials began conducting Covid-19 tests across the city on Wednesday morning and stopped all inbound and outbound travel on Tuesday night.
This is the second large-scale test conducted in the city since the coronavirus. The last session was held in September 2020.
Those who need to leave the city need to show a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of departure.
The Yunnan Province statement added that local authorities will severely crack down on illegal border crossings from Myanmar, as four Covid-19 patients have been confirmed to be Myanmar nationals.
In September last year, Chinese officials accused Burmese smugglers of causing a surge in Covid-19 cases in Ruili.
On September 14, at a press conference held by the Ruili government, Yang Bianqiang, deputy chief of the local police station, told the media: “There are some asymptomatic cases in Myanmar crossing the border of China illegally.
He said: “This shows that our work in protecting the 169.8-kilometer border is insufficient, and we must correct the loopholes.”