Officials to restrict public transport in Huanggang, China, from 2359 Jan. 23 due to health concern. Significant disruptions are likely.

Severity: Critical Alert

This alert affects Wuhan, Hubei Province

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This alert began 23 Jan 2020 10:50 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Huanggang 
  • Start Time/Date: 2359 Jan. 23
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security measures; possible civil unrest

Summary
Authorities in Huanggang city, Hubei Province, have announced that all public bus and railway transport will be suspended from 2359 Jan. 23. Authorities have also mandated the closure of indoor entertainment areas and internet cafes. Officials have appealed to residents not to leave the city except for special circumstances. The measures are to prevent the further spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The restrictions follow shortly after authorities in Wuhan, located 70 km (45 miles) west of Huanggang, announced similar restrictions on movement from 1000 Jan. 23. It remains unclear how long the transport and movement restrictions will remain in effect; however, relaxation of the mandate will likely depend on the intensity and duration of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Restrictions may be extended in the coming days.

Official restrictions will prompt significant transport, business, and supply chain disruptions in Huanggang, and possibly in adjacent areas. Authorities will likely deploy additional security forces to the city and nearby communities to enforce the movement restrictions. Localized incidents of civil unrest are possible.

Advice
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 and around Huanggang. If possible, postpone travel to the city until authorities lift movement restrictions.

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.