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18 Jul 2020 | 01:37 PM UTC

China: Northwestern Xinjiang region reports COVID-19 outbreak on July 18 /update 74

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Northwestern Xinjiang region reports COVID-19 outbreak on July 18; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/17/2020, 10:00 PM until 7/25/2020, 9:59 PM (Asia/Urumqi). COUNTRY/REGION Urumqi, Xinjiang

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China's northwestern Xinjiang region reported 16 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Saturday, July 18, in the capital Urumqi. The new cases come following the discovery of the first COVID-19 case in the region in five months on Thursday, July 16, when ten cases were reported. At least 269 people have been put under medical observation, with no cases identified outside of Urumqi. The sudden increase in positive COVID-19 cases has prompted authorities to cancel 80-percent of flights to and from the city, in an attempt to limit the further spread of the disease.

As of July 18, Xinjiang has reported 77 COVID-19 cases, with three associated deaths. China has reported 85,314 cases, with 4644 deaths.


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.


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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