Multiple countries and airlines imposed travel bans to/from China following the updated U.S. State Dept. travel advisory for China to LEVEL 4 - DO NOT TRAVEL in light of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China. This follows the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a public health emergency of international concern due to the outbreak.
The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province, the first such order in 50 years. Any U.S. citizens returning from other parts of China will undergo special health screenings and are subject to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine. All foreign nationals traveling from or through China are banned from entering the U.S.
In China, all of Hubei province remains on lock down, with new travel restrictions implemented in Wenzhou, an industrial port city in Zhejiang province, which has the highest number of cases outside Hubei province.
What we know:
- 17,489 confirmed cases
- At least 362 deaths, with one death in the Philippines, the first outside China
- New cases have been confirmed in Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom
- Multiple airlines have suspended or limited flights to/from China
Multiple airlines and several nations (Singapore, Indonesia, Italy, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Palau, Maldives, Israel, Turkey, Mongolia, Philippines, South Korea, & Thailand) have implemented bans or limitations on flights to/from China:
The U.S. State Dept. has issued guidance not to travel to China due to the outbreak. In addition, Global Guardian recommends the following:
- Avoid all travel to Hubei province.
- Consider leaving China by commercial means.
- If remaining in China, stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others.
- Practice advanced careful hygiene measures, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
- Wear a face mask or respirator in public if traveling in Chinese cities with reported infections.
Case counts continue to climb quickly in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces, but case growth outside mainland China is slow, with limited human-to-human transmission. Quarantine and travel lock down measures appear to be working.
See below coronavirus case graph from Johns Hopkins CSSE:
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