Beijing: What could be an alarming situation for one of the populous countries in the world after a city on the border with Myanmar in southwestern Yunnan province accounted for all new local cases, Coronavirus has once again gripped China in its clutches with marking its biggest daily surge in more than two months.
To control the situation, Ruili’s local government put residents in its urban area under home quarantine, launched a massive testing drive and began restricting people from leaving and entering the city from 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 originating from overseas, stood at 32, marking the highest total since January 31.
As per the Genetic analysis of the cases discovered in Ruili, the new local infections stem from viruses imported from Myanmar. Of the new patients reported in the city, 11 of them were identified as Myanmar citizens.
Ruili, which is a key transit point for Yunnan province, has been struggling to monitor its rugged 4,000 km (2,500-mile) border with Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam for illegal immigration amid a wave of unauthorised crossings last year by people seeking a heaven from the pandemic.
Local authorities have also begun a vaccination drive in Ruili in order to contain COVID-19 and build up herd immunity in the city.
The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, stood at 18, matching the total from a day earlier.
As of now, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China stands at 90,305, while the death tally remains unchanged at 4,636.