Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials impose movement, gathering restrictions in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China, from April 22 due to COVID-19 outbreak.

This alert affects Harbin, Heilongjiang Province

This alert began 22 Apr 2020 17:37 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Harbin (map)
  • Start Time/Date: April 22
  • Impact: Movement and gathering restrictions, business disruptions

Summary
Officials have imposed movement and gathering restrictions in Harbin, the capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, from April 22. The measures were implemented after an imported case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) subsequently led to the infection of dozens of people in the city. Individuals are required to undergo temperature scans when leaving or entering residential complexes or villages throughout Harbin. Nonresidents are not allowed to enter housing complexes. Nonessential gatherings are banned. The intended timeline of the restrictions is unclear. Officials may extend movement and gathering restrictions to nearby areas of northeast China in the coming days if additional COVID-19 outbreaks are discovered.

Business disruptions are likely throughout Harbin for the duration of the control measures. Security forces will continue deploying to enforce the movement controls. As of April 22, widespread transport disruptions have not been imposed in Harbin; however, transport controls could be introduced without prior notice.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments and regional transport arrangements. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.