Chinese city on Myanmar border reports coronavirus case spike

FILE PHOTO: People line up for nucleic acid testing at a residential compound following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ruili, a border city with Myanmar, in Yunnan province, China July 5, 2021. cnsphoto via REUTERS

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Authorities in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan reported 15 new confirmed locally transmitted coronavirus cases for July 6, with all cases in the city of Ruili, bordering Myanmar.

The 15 confirmed cases compared with three confirmed locally transmitted cases a day earlier. Two of the cases confirmed for July 6 had previously been identified as asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases. The other 13 were identified through mass testing in the city of Ruili, the Health Commission of Yunnan Province said in a statement.

Provincial authorities have prevented individuals from leaving or entering Ruili without special permission since July 5.

Yunnan province also reported two new locally transmitted asymptomatic cases for July 6, and one new asymptomatic case imported from abroad, the statement said.

The last outbreak of local COVID-19 cases in China was in the southern Guangdong province in mid-June.

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