Sep 22, 2020 04:38 PM

Chinese Border City Ends Lockdown but Stays Alert for Illegal Entrants

What’s new: A Chinese border city has lifted a lockdown enacted last week in response to two imported Covid-19 infections, but remains vigilant against people attempting to cross the boundary from neighboring Myanmar.

Disease control officials in Ruili, in Southwest China’s Yunnan province, ended the citywide quarantine measures at 10 p.m. on Monday, according to a public notice issued earlier that evening.

Businesses were permitted to reopen on Tuesday, with the exception of often-crowded venues like bars, internet cafes, karaoke joints, bathhouses and cinemas, the notice said. Schools will reopen in phases from Saturday.

The background: Ruili enacted a one-week lockdown and started testing all 200,000 residents for the coronavirus last week after two people who illegally entered the city from Myanmar were found to have Covid-19.

No further virus cases were found, according to a city government statement (link in Chinese).

Authorities in Yunnan continue to tightly monitor the long and porous border with Myanmar, where the coronavirus is known to have infected more than 5,500 people and killed at least 92.

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