Hubei halts vehicle traffic, bans mass gatherings amid outbreak
Updated 11:06, 17-Feb-2020

China's Hubei Province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, announced further prevention and control measures on Sunday. 

A restriction will be imposed on vehicle traffic across the province to curb the spread of the virus. Only police cars, ambulances, vehicles carrying essential goods, or other vehicles related to public service are allowed on roads.

Regular health checks on all residents will be carried out in the province. Companies cannot resume work without first receiving permission from the government.

All non-essential public places will be closed and no mass gathering activities allowed, according to the announcement. Essential places including supermarkets and pharmacies must control the flow of customers. 

Pharmacies are urged to carry out real-name registration for those who buy fever and cough medicine. They are required to register their names, addresses, ID card numbers and contact information, as well as their body temperatures.

Local governments should guarantee the support of the delivery of essential goods and are encouraged to develop e-commerce in their areas, read in the announcement.