Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Chinese officials impose strict movement, business restrictions in Ruili, Yunnan Province, from Sept. 15 over coronavirus disease concerns.

Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 05:40 PM UTC
Alert Expires 22 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Ruili, Yunnan Province (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security

Authorities have imposed strict movement and business controls in Ruili, a city in western Yunnan Province along the Chinese border with Myanmar, following the discovery of at least three coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area. Beginning Sept. 15, residents are being advised to stay within their homes as authorities conduct mass testing on the city's population. Individuals are barred from entering or leaving the city for nonessential purposes. Negative COVID-19 test results are required to travel outside Ruili. Officials have closed all businesses in Ruili, except for food markets and pharmacies. The intended duration of the restrictions is unclear. Ruili is located approximately 390 km (242 miles) southwest of Lijiang, Sichuan Province, and 470 km (292 miles) west-southwest of Kunming, Yunnan's provincial capital.

Officials have deployed additional security and emergency response personnel to enforce movement restrictions and conduct health assessments and identification checks. Officials may further extend movement and business restrictions to nearby locations in Yunnan Province in the coming days.

Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Stock up on essential supplies whenever possible. Confirm travel reservations in western areas of Yunnan Province.

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.

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