Ruili in Yunnan continues testing, local virus infections rise to 63

China | 7 Apr 2021 8:59 am

Ruili, a city on the China-Myanmar border in southwestern Yunnan province started a second round of mass nucleic acid testing for the coronavirus disease on Tuesday, state media reports. 

A total of 238,600 samples had been collected as of Tuesday 7:30 pm.  It is expected that testing will be completed today, said a Ruili government official at a press conference on Tuesday.

As of Monday, a total of 3.6 million doses of vaccines had been given in Yunnan province, covering 3.232 million people, officials from the Yunnan Health Commission said.

Yunnan reported 15 new infections and two silent carriers on Tuesday, bringing the total to 63 locally confirmed and 27 local non symptomatic patients, all from Ruili. The latest flare-up emrged in the city on March 30. 

Ruili has a population of 300,000. The second round of mass testing began at 8:00 am on Tuesday, six days after the first round of testing, all of which returned negative results.

There are more than 300 testing centers across the city.
Ruili also launched serum antibody tests for key groups of the population in key areas on Monday. 

To help with the anti-epidemic work for Myanmar nationals in the China-Myanmar border city, the government formed a team of more than 1,540 volunteers providing Myanmar language assistance online. 

About 70,000 Myanmar people live in the urban area of Ruili, Du Jialing, deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ruili government, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
Ruili on Monday raised three neighborhoods to high-risk areas for the coronavirus disease and six other areas to medium risk, breaking the 42-day streak after China cleared all medium- and high-risk areas on February 22. 


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