Chinese city goes into lockdown along Russian border

A city of 70,000 on the Chinese side of the border with Russia went into lockdown this morning to try to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The city of Suifenhe’s government said all residents will be confined to their homes, while estate gates and doors to residences would be strictly guarded.

Residents will be allowed to send one person per household to shop every three days. They must abide by QR code scanning, registration and temperature checks, and wear masks.

Between March 21 and April 7, at least 84 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed from people who entered China at the border in Suifenhe, according to CCTV. Most of them are reported to be Chinese business travelers returning from Russia.