The steps were disclosed after regular testing in Dongxing, Guangxi, revealed the presence of one domestically transmitted infection with proven symptoms.
Due to a local COVID-19 instance, a Chinese border city near Vietnam has ordered its inhabitants to stay at home, suspended public transportation and some school sessions, and postponed the clearance of travelers and cargo passing through its port of entry. After numerous tiny border towns with fewer health resources than major cities experienced outbreaks over the previous three months, China has enhanced COVID-19 vigilance along its borders and at ports to prevent the virus from being smuggled in from abroad sources.
According to official broadcaster CCTV, Dongxing city in the autonomous Chinese region of Guangxi, which has a population of more than 200,000, has ordered all citizens to stay at home starting Wednesday and avoid venturing out unnecessarily. During routine testing, Dongxing discovered one domestically transmitted infection with proven symptoms, prompting the actions. As per CCTV, the city has also suspended public transportation, closed all tourism sites, cinemas, and other entertainment facilities, and reduced face-to-face school lessons at elementary and middle schools, as well as kindergartens.
As part of the city’s virus control effort, the clearing of passengers and goods has been postponed from Tuesday. Exports and imports of urgent goods should be well-planned to avoid losses due to delays, according to CCTV. Until March 15, China has ordered travel agencies to stop organizing group tourism tours between border cities with overland ports of entry and places outside the provinces where the cities are located, with the exception of cities with ports linked to Hong Kong and Macau.
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