Apr 06, 2021 01:11 PM

Border City Outbreak Drives China’s Daily New Covid Cases to 2-Month High

What’s new: The Chinese mainland confirmed 24 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the most in around two months, as the country continues to battle an outbreak on its southwestern border.

All of the 15 new locally transmitted infections were discovered in the locked-down city of Ruili on the country’s boundary with Myanmar, the Yunnan provincial health commission said (link in Chinese).

The other nine cases were all imported infections, the National Health Commission said (link in Chinese). They included four in Shanxi province, two each in Shanghai and Guangdong province, and one in Jiangsu province.

The background: Authorities shut down Ruili on Wednesday after dozens of people in the city were found to have contracted the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

In an interview with state broadcaster CCTV on Thursday, Gong Yunzun, Ruili’s Communist Party secretary, announced that the city was taking the unprecedented step of requiring all residents to receive a Covid-19 vaccination to stop the virus from spreading further.

Ruili relies economically on trade with Myanmar and typically plays host to large numbers of foreign nationals, due partly to the porous border between the two countries.

Dozens of Myanmar nationals are among the confirmed cases in the current outbreak, including eight of those added on Tuesday, according to the Yunnan health commission.

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