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Several countries, including the US, UK, and Canada, have warned against all nonessential travel to China and Hubei province as the virus continues tospread worldwide.
Here are the countries warning against travel to China’s Hubei province, as well as to China.
As the outbreak has spread, China has moved to stop people leaving and entering cities linked to the disease.
Last Thursday morning, authorities in Wuhanshut down the city’s public transportation, including buses, trains, ferries, and the airport.
As of Friday local time, at least 15 cities in China are locked down, accounting for a population of over 50 million people.Several media outletsestimate the number of people locked down at 56 million.
The effects of the shutdown have been widespread: Several large foreign and Chinese corporations, including McDonald’s, Ikea, and French carmakers Peugeot Citroen and Renaultare temporarily shutting down operationsand evacuating employees from the area.
And several countries, including the US, UK, and Canada, have warned against all nonessential travel to China and Hubei province as the virus continues tospread around the world.
Here are the countries and agencies warning against travel to China:
US State Department
The US State Department on Thursdayissuedits highest alert level to four for travel to China and is advising passengers not to “travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan.”
US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC on Monday recommended that people avoid all “nonessential travel” to China because of the disease and raised its alert to a level three.
Canada’s government on Monday warned citizens to avoid all travel to Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, and Ezhou.
Source:The Canadian Government
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The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Monday advised against all travel to Hubei Province, and told those in the region to leave.
“If you’re in this area and able to leave, you should do so,” it said.
France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on Friday advised citizens not to travel to Hubei province.
It recommended travelers postpone trips to the province of Hubei, also citing travel bans in the region.
India’s health ministry on Saturday issued a travel advisory to those visiting China, warning that all nonessential travel should be avoided.
New Zealand on Monday advised citizens to refrain from travelling to Hubei province.
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Finland’s foreign ministry issued an advisory on Monday warning citizens against travelling to Hubei province.
On Sunday, The Association of Egyptian Travel Agencies banned all tourism flights to and from China “until further notice.”
Osama Munirtold Egypt todaythat the decision could be damaging for tourism industry revenues because 10% of all inbound tourism out of China goes to Egypt.
On Tuesday, the Australian government said “do not travel to Hubei Province” and asked Australians to reconsider their need to travel to China altogether.
On Monday, Germany’s Foreign Office advised against “all but essential travel to China” and asked that people avoid travel to the province of Hubei.
Source:German Foreign Office
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