Southwest China steps up epidemic prevention in border areas

BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) -- China has strengthened the epidemic prevention and control work in its southwest border regions to reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 cases from South Asia, said a health official Monday.


The Jinsha River section running through southwest China's Yunnan Province. (Photo: VCG)

More than 80 percent of the people entering and leaving China crossed the border in southwest China's Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said Wang Bin with the National Health Commission (NHC) at a press conference in Beijing.

The border areas are sparsely populated, with relatively fewer medical institutions and insufficient medical personnel and laboratory testing capability, Wang added.

Medical supplies and professionals and epidemic control personnel were allocated and transferred to border areas within the provincial-level regions and across the country, Wang noted.

Relevant central authorities joined hands to offer support with the provision of medical equipment, testing kits, laboratory equipment and protective materials, said Wang.

The NHC sent out 16 experts on April 21 to southwest border regions including Yunnan, Guangxi and Tibet to help with local work, according to Wang.

The Chinese mainland reported two new imported COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,636, the NHC said Monday.