Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Indian officials to impose strict movement controls in major cities in Tamil Nadu State 0600-2100 daily April 26-29.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu State
  • Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu State
  • Madurai, Tamil Nadu State

This alert began 24 Apr 2020 18:26 GMT and is scheduled to expire 29 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, and Tiruppur (map)
  • Time Frame: April 26-29
  • Impact: Significant business and transport disruptions

Summary
Authorities in India plan to impose strict movement restrictions in major cities in Tamil Nadu to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the state. Residents of Chennai, Madurai, and Coimbatore will be required to stay in their homes 0600-2100 daily April 26-29. In Salem and Tiruppur, the movement restrictions will be in place 0600-2100 April 26-28. Exceptions will only be made for persons employed in essential services, such as healthcare and food delivery. Authorities plan to facilitate food deliveries during the restrictions.

Severe business and transport disruptions are likely in affected cities while the edict is in effect. Security forces will deploy to enforce the restrictions. Officials could extend the duration of the order or introduce stricter controls to additional areas of Tamil Nadu at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming days and weeks.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. 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.