China Is Being Affected By Rise of COVID-19 Infection Rates in Myanmar

The number of new COVID-19 cases in China is increasing every day, owing to an outbreak in Yunnan province, which shares a border with Myanmar, where the Delta variant of the coronavirus has spread.
The National Health Commission reported 65 new confirmed cases for July 19, compared with 31 a day earlier. It was the most since January 30, 2021, when 92 new cases were reported.
Most of the new cases were imported infections, with Yunnan reporting 41 new cases originating from abroad. All of the cases involved Chinese nationals who had recently returned from Myanmar.
The current outbreak of cases is spreading into two small towns in China’s Yunnan province, Ruili, and Longchuan.
As a result of its fourth outbreak since the pandemic started, Ruili reported seven locally transmitted cases on July 19, while Longchuan had one.
The overland transit point for Yunnan, which shares a border with Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam spanning 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles).
In Yunnan, the outbreak represents the second outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain in China, following an outbreak in southern Guangdong province in May and June 2021.
As he visited Ruili on Sunday, Yunnan vice-governor Zong Guoying promised to build a “fortress of iron” to stop further transmissions.
Xishuangbanna, which shares a long and porous border with Myanmar, has set up checkpoints on all roads to inspect incoming and outgoing traffic.
The police said that travel outside of Xishuangbanna’s urban center of Jinghong was discouraged, and special permits were also required to enter neighboring cities Lincang and Puer, as well as Ruili, when Reuters visited recently.
China reported 19 asymptomatic Coronavirus cases on July 19, 2021, up from 17 a day earlier. Asymptomatic infections are not counted as confirmed cases in China.
China now has 92,342 cases of COVID-19, with 4,636 deaths.

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