Chinese authorities locked down the Myanmar border city of Ruili this week to contain a surging number of new coronavirus cases throughout the southwestern province of Yunnan.
Provincial Communist Party authorities in Yunnan reported 29 new cases of the Chinese coronavirus throughout the province on March 31 “including 23 cases without symptoms. Among them, 12 patients are Myanmar citizens,” Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper reported.
The majority of the new coronavirus cases were detected in Ruili, where local government officials imposed a strict lockdown on Tuesday to contain the spread of the new cluster. Government authorities completely sealed off a residential compound where most of the city’s new infections were detected and closed all businesses except for supermarkets and drugstores. All Ruili residents have been ordered to enter a week-long home quarantine.
“Each household can only send one person for groceries each day,” a local resident named