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The city of Ruili has 140,000 inhabitants and is on the border with Myanmar. Officials in the city claimed two illegal immigrants from Myanmar tested positive for coronavirus. Authorities have stated they will now test everyone in the city for the disease. Businesses in the city have been forced to close, with only supermarkets, pharmacies, and food markets allowed to stay open. State-run Chinese tabloid said authorities in Ruili and the surrounding region have entered into “wartime status” in order to combat the spread of the virus.
7.30 am update: UK Government encouraging neighbours to report those who break ‘rule of six’ regulation.
Policing minister Kit Malthouse revealed “the option is open” to members of the public to phone the police non-emergency number to report neighbours breaking the rule of six. Speaking to the BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme he said: “If they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing then absolutely they should ring the number.”
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