A Chinese jade trading center on the Myanmar border has committed to maintaining strict control over internal outbound travel in order to halt the spread of COVID-19, despite the economic repercussions of maintaining one of the country’s most draconian zero-tolerance policies in the world. Several outbreaks have led to the city of Ruili implementing some of the most stringent internal travel restrictions in China, including a self-funded quarantine period of at least seven days in centralized facilities for anybody planning to travel outside the city for non-emergency purposes.

According to Ruili Vice Mayor Yang Mou, who appeared at a news conference, “the people are going through an extremely difficult time,” according to a statement issued by the city’s Communist Party, which was cited in the statement. “People are going through a really tough period,” according to the statement released.

A Chinese City Near The Myanmar Border Has Promised To Retain COVID Restrictions

To keep the virus control situation in the whole province and throughout the country from deteriorating, “it is critical to maintaining a rigorous limitation on leaving the city,” says Yang. It has been reported that Yang has said that the travel restrictions are merely temporary and that they would be adjusted in reaction to the outbreak’s development, but he has not provided a schedule.

Meanwhile, while some parts of the world prepare to deal with COVID-19, China maintains a zero-tolerance stance, taking satisfaction in having almost eliminated the virus inside its borders while the disease rages on in other countries and new strains arise, according to the nation’s official website.

A Chinese City Near The Myanmar Border Has Promised To Retain COVID Restrictions

The city’s zero-virus aim, according to Yin Zhongde, another deputy mayor, is hampered by a lack of natural obstacles, such as mountains, which makes crossings of infected people from Myanmar more difficult.

It was reported that the city of Ruili has registered two domestic symptomatic cases and 17 asymptomatic infections since Oct. 1, with more than 20% of those who had recently returned from abroad testing positive, according to the mayor, Shang Laban. As a result of the spreading restrictions, Ruili’s once-thriving gemstone sector, which provided employment for more than 80,000 people in a city with a population of fewer than 300,000 people, has been badly harmed, according to local media. According to the authorities, there have been four clusters associated with the sector in the past, with the congregating of merchants and staff undermining efforts to limit the illness and prolonging a lockdown in Ruili’s urban areas during a July outbreak.

For the time being, Ruili has limited the delivery of jade and the streaming of live jade auctions on the internet in order to increase sales of the semi-precious stone, which is mined in Myanmar, and therefore reduce the outbreaks of the outbreaks. In a social media post on Thursday, Dai Rongli, a former deputy mayor of Ruili, voiced his dissatisfaction with the closure of villages and the closing of companies, which he said had worn out the people, and pleaded with Beijing to provide help.

However, in an interview with the state-owned daily The Paper, the city’s current mayor, Shang, said that the city did not need outside help at the time of publication. Shang said that part of the material included in Dai’s social media post was out of date, according to Shang.