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Chinese officials close watermelon market in Ruili after Covid-19 outbreak

China has closed a watermelon market in a town in Yunnan Province after there a cluster of transmissions was reported. Chinese authorities have closed Wanding and the city of Ruili, to which the border town belongs, since last Wednesday. He said 23 people tested positive for Covid-19 on March 8. It isn’t the first time the fruit market has been closed.

An anonymous source said that 500 lorries are waiting to drop off their loads and that some of their fruit has already rotted. A melon wholesaler in Burma said that 200 trucks were waiting to cross the Chinese border. Between 1 and 8 March, 100 transmissions were discovered in Ruili, including the Wanding and Jiegao border areas.

Local supermarkets, vendors boost food supplies to fight Covid In other locations, local supermarkets and food vendors are boosting supplies in order to keep prices stable as officials implement strict anti-pandemic measures.

Hypermarket chains like Yonghui and RT Mart are increasing supplies of vegetables, pork, rice and eggs. Local retail conglomerate Bailian Group's Lianhua Supermarket plans to increase its supply of vegetables in the coming days with fair pricing for selected items. Lianhua is partnering with delivery platforms such as JD Group's Dada, Meituan and SF Group to handle online orders.

Shanghai-based Dingdong Maicai said it has prepared up to twice the normal amount of daily necessities and fresh food in its warehouse to ensure adequate supplies for shoppers undergoing targeted neighborhood lockdowns.


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