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30 Jan 2020 | 05:15 PM UTC

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines suspends all flights to China due to novel coronavirus January 30

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Ethiopian Airlines suspends all flights to China due to novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak as of January 30; confirm flight reservations

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 2/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Ethiopia

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Event

Ethiopian Airlines has suspended all flights to China as of Thursday, January 30, due to the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The airline has not announced how long the suspension is set to last. There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Ethiopia as of January 30.

Several other airlines, notably including Air France, Air Canada, British Airways, and Lufthansa, have suspended all flights to China to prevent further spread of the virus.

Further spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of 2019-nCoV was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan. Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

As of January 30, cases of the virus have been confirmed in Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, the US, and Vietnam. Human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in Germany, Vietnam, and Japan. Virus screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. Individuals are advised to take precautionary measures to reduce their risk of contracting the virus:

  • Avoid all contact with animals (dead or alive); avoid eating animal products that are undercooked; avoid all markets where animals are sold
  • Avoid all close contact with people displaying symptoms of the disease (e.g. difficulties breathing)
  • Frequently wash hands, wear a face mask
  • Individuals within China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to seek medical attention, avoid contact with other people, and wash hands regularly
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments
  • Travelers returning from China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid spread of the disease.

 

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