Chinese city orders residents to stay at home, cuts off public transportation, due to COVID-19 case

BEIJING, Dec.21 (Reuters) – A local case of COVID-19 has forced a Chinese border town near Vietnam to order its residents to stay at home, halted public transport and some school classes, and postponed customs clearance of travelers and goods through its port of entry.

China has increased COVID-19 vigilance along its borders and at ports to prevent the virus from being imported from foreign sources, after several small border towns, which have fewer health resources than large cities, suffered epidemics in the past three months. Read more

Dongxing City in Guangxi Autonomous Region of China, which has a population of over 200,000, demanded that all its residents stay at home from Wednesday and avoid going out unnecessarily, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

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The measures came after Dongxing detected a locally transmitted infection with symptoms confirmed during routine testing.

The city has also suspended public transport services, closed all tourist sites, cinemas and other entertainment venues and cut face-to-face classes in primary and secondary schools and kindergartens, according to CCTV.

Its port of entry postponed the clearance of travelers and goods from Tuesday as part of the city’s virus control effort.

Exports and imports of urgent goods must be properly planned to avoid losses due to waiting, CCTV said.

China has ordered travel agencies to stop organizing group tourist trips between border towns with overland ports of entry and areas outside the provinces where the cities are based until March 15, to the exclusion of cities with ports linked to Hong Kong and Macao.

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Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Ryan Woo; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Michael Perry

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