Transportation: Officials introducing health screening measures in Wuhan, China, as of Jan. 21, due to 2019 novel coronavirus. Transport delays possible.

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Severity: Warning Alert

This alert affects Wuhan, Hubei Province.

This alert began 21 Jan 2020 13:50 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Enhanced health screenings
  • Location(s): Wuhan (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Heightened security measures, including checkpoints; possible localized traffic disruptions, check-in and security clearance delays

Summary
Authorities in Wuhan are enhancing health screenings throughout the city to help contain the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus. As of Jan. 21, enhanced health monitoring, including infrared thermometers, are in place at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH), as well as railway and bus stations, to monitor travelers through the city. Official media indicates that police are conducting checks on private vehicles arriving and departing Wuhan to inspect for live animals. Health officials have asked the public to curb travel to and from the city, though the government has not introduced movement restrictions.

Increased security measures are likely near transport hubs and on major roads to and from Wuhan. Screening measures could cause check-in, security clearance, and immigration delays. Localized traffic disruptions are possible where authorities are conducting private vehicle checks. Health officials will provide masks for most passengers with a fever, and authorities could quarantine passengers suspected of having the virus.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Allow additional time for travel, particularly at WUH and Hankou, Wuchang, and Wuhan railway stations, where enhance health screenings could prompt check-in and security delays. Plan for possible checkpoints and localized traffic disruptions on main arterial roads in Wuhan.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.