China’s northeast border with Russia has become a front line in the country’s fight against a coronavirus resurgence, as new daily cases, while remaining relatively small compared to other global hotspots, have reached their peak. highest level in almost six weeks.
After reporting that it has largely eradicated the domestic transmission of the disease, China has slowly eased the brakes in its moves as it attempts to get its economy back on track, but there are fears that an increase in imported cases will lead to to a second wave of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
A total of 108 new cases were reported on Sunday in mainland China, up from 99 a day earlier, the highest daily count since March 5.
Imported cases represented a record 98 of these infections and half of these imported infections involved Chinese nationals returning from the Russian Far East Federal District, which is home to the city of Vladivostok, who had returned to China through border crossings in Heilongjiang Province, according to the authorities.
Meanwhile, Chinese cities along the Russian border have tightened border controls and imposed stricter quarantines in response to the threat.
The city of Suifenhe and the provincial capital of Heilongjiang, Harbin, now impose 28 quarantine days as well as nucleic acid and antibody tests for all arrivals from abroad.
“Our small town here, we thought it was the safest place,” a resident of the border town of Suifenhe, who only gave his last name as Zhu, told Reuters news agency.
“Some Chinese citizens – they want to come back, but it doesn’t make much sense, why are you coming here? ” he said.
Similar restrictions to Wuhan
China’s border with Russia remains closed, except for Chinese nationals, and the land route through Suifenhe has become one of the few options available to people trying to return home after Russia stopped flights , with the exception of evacuation, to China.
City streets were virtually empty on Sunday evening due to movement restrictions and rallies announced last week when authorities took preventive measures similar to those imposed in Wuhan, the central city of China where the first infections by the new coronaviruses appeared in December.
The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China is now 82,160. Although the number of daily infections in China has dropped sharply since the peak of February 12, when more than 15,000 cases were reported in one day, the China has seen the daily toll increase in recent weeks after hitting a low on March 12.
Authorities in Shanghai discovered that 60 people who arrived on Aeroflot SU208 from Moscow on April 10 are infected with coronavirus, Zheng Jin, spokesman for the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, said on Monday. a press conference.
Residents of Suifenhe said many people had left the city for fear of spreading, but others trusted the authorities’ containment measures.
“I don’t have to worry,” Zhao Wei, another Suifenhe resident, told Reuters. “If there is local transmission, I would, but there isn’t one. They are all from the border, but they have all been quarantined. “