In response to the three locally transmitted COVID-19 cases reported on Sept 21 in Bayan county administered by Harbin city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Guizhou Health Commission in Southwest China's Guizhou province issued its latest epidemic prevention and control guidelines.
Under them, the public there is advised to continue to pay attention to locally transmitted case reporting areas – especially changes in the epidemic situation in Harbin – as well as adjustments in local medium and high-risk areas and the movement trajectories of related infected cases.
People are advised that if not necessary, not to go to Harbin and other cities where locally transmitted COVID-19 cases have been reported.
Residents in Guizhou, who have had contact with infected cases from Bayan county and other reported regions since Sept 7 – or who have travelled and lived in Bayan county and cities with locally transmitted infections since that day – are given specific instructions.
They should immediately report to communities where they live and accept community health management, carry out nucleic acid testing, as well as implement relevant prevention and control measures in accordance with the local authority's requirements.
From Sept 22 on, people who come or return to Guizhou from low-risk areas in Harbin – and those from low-risk areas in cities which have reported locally transmitted cases since the day when the cases were reported – must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours, or receive nucleic acid tests on arrival.
These people should try to avoid going to crowded areas, participating in gatherings and going on public transport.
It is also advised that members of the public should continue to strengthen their personal protection and maintain social distance. Those who meet the vaccination requirements are being advised to get vaccinated as soon as possible.