China locked down a town on its border with Myanmar and launched a campaign to test the town’s entire population of over 200,000.
Officials in Ruili in Yunnan province said the city entered a “wartime” state of defense against Covid-19 after two new cases emerged among travelers from Myanmar. Residents have been ordered to stay at home and authorities have set up checkpoints to prevent anyone from entering or leaving Ruili and restricting access to nearby border areas. Most businesses have been closed.
As of Thursday, more than 360 test sites have been set up and nearly 1,200 people deployed to carry out round-the-clock testing. Ruan Chengfa, deputy secretary of the Yunnan party committee, said Wednesday during a statement. meeting that local authorities applied a strict “full inspection, strict quarantine.” No entry and no exit. As of Tuesday evening, 60,000 people had been tested.
Officials also said they would crack down on illegal migration and deport any residents who could not verify a fixed residence or place of work.
China – which has largely contained the virus with more than 85,000 cases and an official toll that remains at 4,634 – continues to fight imported cases. The country on Thursday reported nine new cases on Wednesday, all from travelers arriving from overseas.
Chinese health officials have said they believe a vaccine will be available as early as November or December. Thousands of Chinese health workers and staff of state-owned companies have already received experimental vaccines.
Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech will begin clinical trials of its experimental vaccine in adolescents and children later this month, according to a registration dossier released Wednesday.
The outbreak in Ruili comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned Latin American countries not to reopen too quickly. WHO regional director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday that Latin America had started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the pandemic still required major control interventions.
Case on ColombiaThe border between Venezuela and Venezuela has grown tenfold in the past two weeks, Etienne said during a virtual briefing from Washington with other directors of the Pan American Health Organization.
Death rates are increasing in parts of Mexico, and similar trends are observed in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Bolivia, and parts of Argentine, she warned.
Etienne said governments need to monitor travel very carefully as reopening to tourism can lead to setbacks. This happened in the Caribbean, where several countries that had virtually no cases experienced peaks with the resumption of tourism.
Latin America has recorded about 8.4 million cases of coronavirus and more than 315,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Both figures are the highest of all regions.
Inde reported another world record for daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours, data from the Department of Health showed Thursday. The total number of coronavirus infections in India topped 5 million on Wednesday, putting pressure on hospitals struggling with unreliable supplies of the oxygen they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients.
In the large states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, some of the regions worst hit by the virus, demand for oxygen has more than tripled, doctors and government officials said, prompting protests. urgent calls for help.
There are 29.8 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide and 939,427 people have died during the pandemic so far.
New Zealand, one of the first countries to virtually eliminate community transmission after one of the world’s toughest lockdowns, saw its gross domestic product (GDP) fall 12.2% in the June quarter, the strongest quarterly decline since those records began in 1987, driven by Covid restrictions on affected economic activity, Stats NZ said today.
Meanwhile in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, told a Senate panel he believes it will be a year before a vaccine against the coronavirus is “generally available to the American public.”
This estimate contrasts with the recent bullish message from Donald Trump, who repeated his claim on Tuesday that “we are going to have a vaccine in a few weeks”, even though an effective vaccine has yet to be unveiled from ongoing US trials. . The President later said Redfield must be “confused”.
The number of confirmed cases in Germany rose from 2,194 to 265,857 on Thursday, the second-highest daily total since April.
In the United States, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio must be away with his staff for a week to fill a $ 7 billion budget deficit created by the pandemic.
The average age of people infected with Covid-19 is decreasing, according to World Health Organization expert Dr Maria Van Kerkhove. She told a question period that the incidences of hospitalization among people aged 15 to 49 were on the rise and said it was possible that the same person could be infected with the flu and Covid-19.
South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said on Wednesday, as part of a wider easing of measures announced as numbers continue to improve.