China reports a surge in new coronavirus cases at the Myanmar border


Beijing / Shanghai — China reported on July 20 that it had the highest daily count of newly identified COVID-19 cases due to a surge in imported infections in Yunnan. This is because the cases have spread from the “alarm spike” in neighboring Myanmar. ..

The National Health Commission said in a statement that mainland China recorded 65 new confirmed cases on July 19, but 31 cases the day before. This was the highest number since January 30, when 92 new cases were reported.

The United Nations said it is stepping up its efforts to combat the “warning spike” of infectious diseases in military-operated Myanmar. State-owned MRTV television reported on Monday that it recorded a record high of 281 COVID-19 deaths and 5,189 new infections.

The current incident in Yunnan began on July 4 and is concentrated in two small cities on the border between China and Myanmar, Ruili and Longchuan.

Ruirei struggled with the fourth outbreak since the pandemic began and reported seven new cases of regional infection on July 19, but only one in Longchuan.

Ruili is a major overland transit point in Yunnan, with a 2,485-mile border with Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The Yunnan outbreak is the second most infected outbreak in China involving highly contagious Delta strains after the outbreak in southern Guangdong from May to June.

Yunnan Vice Governor Zong Guoying promised to set up an “iron fortress” on Sunday to stop further transmissions when visiting Ruili.

In Xishuangbanna, which has a long and porous border with Myanmar, police have set up checkpoints on all roads to inspect traffic in and out.

Police have recently visited Reuters to recommend that Xishuangbanna travel from the center of Jinghong to the outside, requiring special permission to enter the neighboring cities of Lincang, Pu’er and Ruilei. He said it was.

In mainland China, 19 cases of asymptomatic coronavirus were detected on July 19, compared to 17 cases the day before. China does not count asymptomatic cases as confirmed.

Roxanne Liu, Stella Qiu, Jing Wang, Samuel Shen, Ryan Woo, David Stanway