The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or the Wuhan coronavirus, has spread from China to over a dozen countries, including the United States, France, and Japan.
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Kenya Airways Suspends Flights to Guangzhou
Kenya’s flag carrier airline, Kenya Airways, announced that it is suspending flights to the Chinese city of Guangzhou in a tweet on Jan. 31.
Guangzhou is 600 miles to the south of Wuhan, which is considered the epicenter of the virus.
“We have temporarily suspended all flights to and from Guangzhou starting Friday, 31st January 2020, until further notice,” the announcement read.
It added: “Our consultation with the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs will continue and we will provide updates as the situation develops.
— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) January 31, 2020
Kenya issued a travel warning advising its citizens against unnecessary travels to China on Monday.
Pakistan Suspends Flights to China
Abdul Sattar Khokhar, Pakistan’s additional secretary of aviation, told Reuters, “We are suspending flights to China until Feb.2.”
Local broadcaster 9 News carried a copy of a notification issued by Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority in an article in Jan. 31.
“Please be informed that as per decision by the Competent Authority at the appropriate level, all direct flight operations between Pakistan and China are to be stalled on immediate basis, initially till 2nd February, 2020, subject to subsequent review,” read the notification dated Jan. 29.
Japan Upgrades Travel Warning to China
Japan has raised its travel advisory for China to level 2 on its four-level system, warning citizens to “avoid non-essential travel,” according to local newspaper Mainichi Shimbun.
The advisory for Hubei province at the epicenter of the outbreak has remained at level 3, meaning that advice for Japanese nationals is to “avoid all travel” to the region.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has upgraded its travel advisory for China to the highest level, “Level 4: Do not travel.”
China’s Foreign Ministry Announces Plan to Repatriate Citizens From Hubei
Hua Chunying, the spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, announced that Beijing will soon charter civilian airplanes to “bring back” overseas Chinese nationals who are from Hubei province—particularly those from Wuhan city.
According to the announcement on the ministry’s website, Hua said that Chinese overseas have been facing “practical challenges,” without elaborating on what those challenges are.
He added that the planes will fly these overseas Chinese to Wuhan.
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Japan Reports 3 More Cases of Coronavirus, Bringing Total to 14
Japan’s Health Ministry reported three additional cases of coronavirus on Jan. 30, local outlet NHK reported.
One patient was a Chinese student in her 20s living in the western prefecture of Kyoto. The student arrived in Japan on Jan. 22 from Wuhan.
The second patient was a male foreigner in his 50s living in Mie Prefecture. The foreigner was in Wuhan in December and returned to Japan on Jan. 13.
A tour conductor in her 30s living in southern China’s Hunan Province also tested positive. She was in Wuhan on Jan. 19 and arrived in Japan the following day.
Singapore Reports 3 More Cases of Coronavirus, Bringing Total to 13
A woman wearing a mask helps her son put on his mask at Changi Airport in Singapore on Jan. 25, 2020. (Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
Singapore’s Ministry of Health reported three additional cases of coronavirus on Jan. 30, bringing the country’s total to 13.
One of the new patients was a 31-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore on Jan. 22. She had traveled to Singapore with another person who had recently tested positive for the virus after arrival.
A 37-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan also tested positive for the virus. She arrived in Singapore with her family on Jan. 22 and only showed respiratory symptoms on Jan. 26. She tested positive for the virus on Jan. 29.
The third new case is a 73-year-old Chinese woman, also from Wuhan, who arrived in Singapore with her family on Jan. 21. She tested positive for the virus on Jan. 30.
South Korea Reports 7th Case of Coronavirus
On Jan. 31, the South Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported on its website that another patient has been confirmed to have the virus, bringing the total in the country to seven.
The patient, a 28-year-old South Korean, arrived at South Korea’s Incheon Airport from Qingdao, a port city in eastern China’s Shandong Province, on Jan. 23. He then went to a local health center for cough and other respiratory symptoms.
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