The guidelines on the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) change daily; here we share the latest news from governments worldwide, along with how the outbreak is affecting travel. Numerous countries have placed restrictions on travel, and airlines and cruise lines are implementing similar policies.
The 2019-nCoV is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. It can cause a variety of symptoms. Mild symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat, and fever. More severe symptoms include pneumonia and breathing difficulties. In rarer cases, it could be fatal. The outbreak of this virus has been at the center of the latest world news. It has been monitored closely by the WHO and other governing officials. Here are the latest updates on what has been done to contain the outbreak.
On January 30, the WHO declared the 2019-nCoV a public health emergency of international concern.
On January 31, the US declared the 2019-nCoV a public health emergency for the US and has suspended entry to all Immigrants and Nonimmigrants who might pose a risk of transmitting the virus.
On February 1 the AHPPC and the Communicable Disease Network in Australia applied restrictions to entering Australia for people who might pose a risk of transmitting the virus.
The NHS (National Health System) has now asked all hospitals in the UK to create “assessment pods” for anyone who is suspected to have contracted the Coronavirus. This is a preventive measure to help contain the virus in high-risk areas like hospitals. Patients will be directed to a pod away from other patients. There they will be able to contact NHS number 111 and talk to a specialist on the phone.
Although these pods should be in place by Friday, February 7, anyone who suspects they have the virus must isolate themselves and call the 111.
In China, the second emergency hospital built to combat the Coronavirus is due to start treating patients on February 6. To know more about the situation in China please check the NHC (National Health Commission) and their daily briefings.
As of February 4, South Korea has imposed entry restrictions on foreigners who have visited China’s Hubei Province in the past two weeks.
Hong Kong has imposed entry restrictions for people who have visited China’s Hubei Province, residents of the Hubei Province and people who hold passports issued by the Province. In addition, the CHP (Centre for Health Protection) has established a hotline for cases of Severe Respiratory Disease that could be associated with the 2019-nCoV.
Princess Cruises have confirmed cases of Coronavirus on their Diamond Cruise and have now canceled a number of voyages due to risk of infection, for the latest updates on their Diamond Cruises. For more info on future cancellations, click here.
Airlines have now made changes to their flights to mainland China and other countries due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Delta Airlines – suspended all flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai
Lufthansa – suspended all flights to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang, Qingdao
Turkish Airlines – suspended all flights to and from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an
As the position regarding 2019-nCoV is developing and changing on a daily basis, please note that the above is only short-term interim advice, and further information may be available from additional medical sources. It is therefore particularly important for everyone to ensure that they keep themselves up to date with all the latest information from various official websites.