Hard-hit city bans residents going out to curb spread of coronavirus


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WUHAN, Feb. 17 (Xinhua/GNA) – Xiaogan, one
of the cities that are hardest hit by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in
central China’s Hubei Province, has prohibited all urban residents from going
out to contain the spread of the highly infectious disease.

The city’s epidemic control headquarters
published a notice late Sunday which detailed the stricter measures to be taken
from Monday.

The notice also bans the rural residents in
the city from wandering, visiting others or gathering in villages.

Those who have special tasks or needs,
including medical workers and those involved in epidemic prevention and
control, personnel seeking treatment due to illness, pregnant women and funeral
participants, must travel during designated time period via designated routes.

The notice stipulates that all vehicles are
prohibited from the road unless they are special vehicles such as ambulances,
fire engines, or they have a pass for special tasks.

All non-essential public venues must be
closed, according to the notice.

Pharmacies, designated supermarkets, hotels
and markets should be opened at a fixed time required by the headquarters.

Those who violate the regulations will be
fined or even detained, and will be included in a list of dishonest.

Xiaogan started close-off management over
all the residential communities and areas last Friday.

The city has reported a total of 3,279
confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 70 deaths by Sunday.