China has witnessed a surge of new coronavirus infection imported cases especially from Russia and has taken a tight security check-up at the borders on the northern side.
According to the state-owned Global Times on Tuesday, Russia has been recently China’s biggest source of imported cases of the virus infection. Since the number of new imported infected cases rose to 409 from Russia, the Chinese government issued an order to restrain the movements of people at the borders.
Tightening Russian Borders
A paper, run by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily, warned “Chinese people have watched Russia become a severely affected country … This should sound the alarm: China must strictly prevent the inflow of cases and avoid a second outbreak.”
On Monday, state media said, China reported 79 new cases, which were imported cases originated from the country’s northern border province of Heilongjiang, from the people who were recently traveling back from Russia.
In the light of this new development, Heilongjiang’s provincial authority announced on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that it installed a hotline for reporting illegal immigrants with offering a reward as much as 5,000 yuan ($710). Meanwhile, mainland China reported 89 new cases but no new death was reported on Tuesday which led to a total of 82,249 coronavirus cases and 3,341 deaths in the country.
At a council meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Monday, the government announced that China’s coronavirus task force has decided to deploy more health resources on borders. However, officials viewed that it would be difficult to control the infiltration of immigrants since China has a wide border with numerous country roads, paths, ferry crossings, and mountain passes.
China’s New Preventive Measures
Chinese authorities have taken several preventive measures to curb the illegal entry of the infected people from Russia to China. As part of its new strategy, China has installed a checkpoint in Suifenhe, a small city in Heilongjiang while reducing train services that passed through the borders and cars were required a special pass to cross the border.
Following the tougher rules, Piao Minghua, the deputy head of customs in the area, told Reuters that everyone who entered Suifenhe had to be tested for the coronavirus and had to undergo quarantine for 14 days. It was also announced that city residents were only allowed to leave homes once every three days while most of the shops remained closed and markets largely deserted.
Although the government’s priority was on the northeast border, state media also reported many other cases of illicit immigrants’ entry from the neighboring countries late on Monday. It was reported that more than 100 people had been arrested in March for illegally entering China through its southwestern border in Yunnan province.
Moreover, thousands of people mostly Chinese workers and traders, were rushing back into Yunnan from Laos and Myanmar this month, putting huge pressures on border regions like Xishuangbanna.
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