Novel Coronavirus - Travel Disruption and Situation Update

25 January 2020 ,  London

Defer all travel to Chibi, Dangyang, Ezhou, Huanggang, Huangshi, Jingmen, Jingzhou, Qianjiang, Xianning, Xiantao, Wuhan and Zhijiang, and Enshi prefecture, including Lichuan city, until further notice. All public transport facilities in Wuhan have been suspended since 23 January, including intercity buses, subway and ferries, and outbound flights, to stop the spread of the virus. There is no information available about how long the suspension will last. Authorities have also suspended public transport facilities in Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi and Lichuan, all cities in Hubei province.

People in Wuhan are required by law to wear a face mask when in a public place.

Cases of Novel Coronavirus have now been confirmed in people who travelled from Wuhan to other locations in China including; Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as to other countries including Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, Vietnam and the United States.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises against any travel restrictions and has not recommended any specific measures for travellers to China. The WHO states this outbreak does not meet the threshold of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) at this time.

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