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27 Apr 2020 | 04:28 PM UTC

China: Authorities to implement enhanced hygienic measures from June 1 amid COVID-19 pandemic /update 58

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Chinese authorities announce enhanced hygienic measures beginning June 1 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/27/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION China

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Event

On Sunday, April 26, Chinese authorities announced a ban on behaviors deemed as "uncivilized" in an effort to improve hygiene in public areas amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The measures will be in effect from Monday, June 1, and will include the prohibition of sneezing or coughing without covering the nose or mouth as well as a requirement to "dress properly," whereby citizens will no longer be permitted to go bare-chested while in public. The new measures expand on a range of perceived uncivilized behaviors already prohibited by the government, including spitting in public, throwing litter, walking dogs on a leash, and smoking in prohibited areas.

Additionally, on Wednesday, April 22, authorities in Harbin (Heilongjiang province) tightened entry restrictions in the city, the site of China's largest COVID-19 outbreak, including a ban on non-residents and non-locally registered vehicles from entering residential areas. The city had previously ordered that persons arriving from outside China or other epidemic zones be tested and isolated for 28 days. The Chinese government claims that most of the recently imported cases of COVID-19 were imported from Russia. Authorities have also implemented quarantine orders for the cities of Harbin and Suifenhe in Heilongjiang province. While the border remains open to Chinese nationals, state media has encouraged Chinese citizens to not return to China from Russia during the pandemic.

As of April 27, authorities have confirmed 83,912 COVID-19 cases nationwide, including 4637 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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