China crisis: Beijing implements 'wartime' defences as it locks down border city

CHINA has implemented "wartime" defences after it placed a city on its border with Myanmar into lockdown to fight the coronavirus crisis.

PUBLISHED: 08:23, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:47, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Residents have been ordered to stay home and checkpoints have been set up in Ruili to stop people leaving and entering amid fears of the invisible killer disease spreading. The Asian superpower took action after two new cases of COVID-19 were detected among travellers from Myanmar.

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Ruan Chengfa, deputy secretary of Yunnan’s party committee, said “complete inspection, strict quarantine. No entry and no exit” would be enforced.

More than 360 testing sites have sprung up around the city, with 1,200 people completing testing to test over 60,0000 people by Tuesday.

It comes as China inoculates tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines, despite experts' concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing.

china newsChina has placed Ruili in lockdown (Image: GETTY )

china newsResidents have been ordered to stay home (Image: GETTY )

China launched a vaccine emergency use programme in July, offering three experimental shots developed by a unit of state pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group Sinopharm and US-listed Sinovac Biotech.

A fourth COVID-19 vaccine being developed by CanSino Biologics was approved for use by the Chinese military in June.

Aiming to protect essential workers and reduce the likelihood of a resurgence, the vaccines are also grabbing attention in the global scramble by governments to secure supplies, potentially helping reframe China's perceived role in the pandemic.

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