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Travel Alert - Coronavirus Outbreak : 30 January 2020 January 2020

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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Cases reported - 6,145 cases globally, of which 6,065 cases are reported across China.Deaths reported - 132 individuals.New locations reported - Finland, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.

GLOBAL AIR TRAVEL

Many countries have issued announcements either fully curtailing or partially suspending flights to China.

HEALTH CHECKS AND QUARANTINE

While the World Health Organisation on Wednesday warned all governments to "take action" over the deadly SARS-like virus, an increasing number of countries are conducting checks on travellers from China.

  • U.S. - airports have 20 health screening stations in operation – these facilities receive about 90% of all passenger traffic from China.
  • Singapore - authorities are opening quarantine facilities, increasing border checks and instituting a compulsory leave of absence for students and teachers from China.
  • Ukraine - authorities are screening incoming passengers while Indian authorities have begun screening individuals arriving via land routes from Nepal and Papua New Guinea has banned all travellers from Asian ports from entering the country.
  • General - France, Germany, Japan, Morocco and South Korea are evacuating or have already evacuated their nationals from Wuhan, many of whom are being placed in quarantine upon return to their home country.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

There are currently no travel and trade restrictions in place in South Africa linked to the coronavirus as, to date, there have been no reported cases in the country, according to a statement from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Routine temperature screening is in place at all South African international ports of entry. OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports are the only ports of entry with direct flights from Asia. An emergency operations centre is on high alert mode and can be activated should the need arise.

USA

The WHO has called an urgent meeting for Thursday over whether the viral epidemic should be declared a global health emergency -- a designation that could lead to increased international coordination.