Two infected in Chinese border city, locality locked down

China | 14 Sep 2020 11:07 am

The Chinese city of Ruili, which borders Myanmar in southwestern Yunnan rovince, reported two imported coronavirus patients on Sunday after the city put a community under lockdown, state media reports. 
The two Myanmar nationals from Mandalay, Myanmar, were confirmed to be infected on Sunday. Both had entered Ruili from the neighboring country, health authorities said.
One of them was a 32-year-old woman who went from being asymptomatic to a confirmed patient on Sunday. The other was a 16-year-old girl who is being treated at the People's Hospital in Ruili. 
Close contacts have been quarantined. 
After the suspected patient was detected, the neighborhood - Aoxing Shiji in Ruili - was put under lockdown to prevent a possible spread of the disease, the Ruili anti-epidemic authority announced on Saturday. 
Residents are required to stay in their homes during the lockdown period. The anti-epidemic group will provide residents with support. 
Police did not reveal how the two patients entered Ruili from Myanmar. There was speculation that illegal border crossings may be the reason for the infections, as Ruili borders the Myanmar city of Muse.
The Global Times learned that land ports linking Myanmar and China have been closed to passengers since the early days of the epidemic, and freight truck drivers are under epidemic-control measures. 

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