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01 Apr 2020 | 03:56 PM UTC

China: Authorities lock down Jia county (Henan province) due to COVID-19 April 1 /update 50

Jia county in Henan province placed on lockdown following several confirmed COVID-19 cases April 1; follow government directives



On Wednesday, April 1, authorities in Henan province placed Jia county on an indefinite lockdown to prevent further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the directive, individuals will be barred from traveling outside the county. Additionally, movement within the county will be severely restricted, and residents must have special permits to leave their homes. Those who are granted permission must have their temperature taken and will be required to wear face masks for those trips. All nonessential businesses have been shut down, except supermarkets, hospitals, petrol stations, pharmacies, and hotels. In addition, only people with special permits will be permitted to go to work and cars can only be used on alternate days, depending on their plate number.

To date, there are more than 82,360 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 3316 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


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 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.