Officials continue controls in parts of Kashgar and Kizilsu Kyrgyz prefectures in Xinjiang, China, as of Nov. 3 due to COVID-19 activity.
Authorities are maintaining some movement and gathering restrictions in the western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region as of Nov. 3 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Officials continue mass testing campaigns in Shufu County, Kashgar Prefecture, and Akto County in Kizilsu Kyrgyz Autonomous Prefecture. Residents must remain in their neighborhoods, and officials have also temporarily banned residents from leaving buildings in housing complexes where they have confirmed cases. Many businesses have reportedly closed due to the movement restrictions, though shops and some restaurants continue to operate.
Additional security and emergency response personnel have deployed to the area to enforce localized restrictions and conduct health screenings. Transport remains possible from the affected areas; however, officials require a negative COVID-19 test result to depart the region. Governments of multiple Chinese provinces and municipalities have called for individuals to postpone nonessential travel to Kashgar, and officials have designated parts of Shufu County as a high-risk area. Travelers from Kashgar and Kizilsu Kyrgyz prefectures are likely to face increased health screenings and possible quarantine requirements.
Authorities could impose further measures in other counties in Kashgar and Kizilsu Kyrgyz prefectures in the coming days. Officials could also expand restrictions to other areas of Xinjiang if health officials discover more cases.
Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Confirm travel reservations in Kashgar and nearby areas of Xinjiang. Consider deferring nonessential travel to the area as a precaution until restrictions are lifted.
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.