China closes border gate with Vietnam over fear of Covid-19


By Anh Minh August 17, 2021 | 4:20 p.m. GMT +7

Container trucks seen at the Tan Thanh border post in Lang Son province. Photo from Industry and Trade magazine

China has temporarily closed one of its border gates with Vietnam in Guangxi due to a possible Covid-19 link in transport.

Customs officials in the Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China have temporarily closed the border gate with Vietnam’s Lang Son province to review their Covid-19 security measures, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

They discovered that cases of Covid-19 were linked to drivers passing through the door, the ministry added.

Authorities in Lang Son are working with Chinese authorities to resume trade with security measures imposed.

Last week, leaders from China’s border provinces like Lang Son, Lao Cai, Quang Ninh and Cao Bang reported that China has increased the frequency of examining and disinfecting products and vehicles over fears they carry the novel coronavirus from Vietnam.

This increased the time it takes to transport goods and caused occasional traffic jams, they said.

Vietnam has registered more than 279,600 cases of Covid-19 since the end of April.

China was Vietnam’s second-largest export market in the first seven months with a value of $ 28.7 billion, up 24 percent year-on-year, according to the General Bureau of Statistics.

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