Coronavirus infections in Ruili reach 100

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Another 11 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus disease in China’s only active outbreak, AP reports.

Infections in the Yunnan province city of Ruili have topped 100, including those not showing symptoms, but a vaccination campaign and stay-home orders appear to have curbed large-scale transmission.

Ruili also reported one new patient testing positive without symptoms, the National Health Commission reported Thursday.

The city’s Communist Party secretary, its top official, has been dismissed from his post and handed administrative punishment for his “serious dereliction of duty in epidemic prevention and control,” according to the party’s provincial disciplinary watchdog.

Thursday also marks the anniversary of the end of a 76-day lockdown in Wuhan that saw more than 11 million people confined to their homes in a Herculean effort to contain the virus’ spread after initial missteps that China has yet to acknowledge.