After three cases of Covid-19, China confines a town on the Burmese border


A distribution of kits to test the Covid-19, in Ruili on September 15, 2020. – AFP

At the origin of the first wave, China does not wish to be responsible for a second series of coronavirus contaminations. For this, the authorities have chosen to take drastic measures at the slightest warning.

The country has thus confined a small town located on the border with Burma and launched a general screening of residents after the discovery of three cases of Covid-19, the town hall said on Tuesday.

Some 210,000 inhabitants

Populated by 210,000 people, the confined commune is that of Ruili, located in Yunnan province in the southwest. It is an important crossing point with Burma. The town hall said that no entry or exit of the city is now allowed. In addition, all shops in the town are closed, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and food markets.

The Covid-19 patients have arrived from Burma, said the town hall, which has promised to “crack down” against people crossing the border illegally. Ruili is separated by a small river from the Burmese locality of Muse, known for its sordid streets, casinos, as well as its arms and drug trafficking.

China has reported in recent months several localized outbreaks, including one in Beijing. But they were quickly treated with confinements, identification of contact cases and quarantines. The country still remains closed to foreigners, with rare exceptions. The Ministry of Health on Tuesday reported eight new Covid-19 patients in China, all of them people from abroad.



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