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09 Mar 2020 | 01:25 PM UTC

US: Delta Airlines to partially suspend flights to Rome March 11 /update 19

United States of America News Alert

Delta Airlines reduces service to Roma as of March 11 due to ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the country; confirm flight reservations

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/9/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/4/2020, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION United States

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Event

Delta Airlines representaitves announced on Sunday, March 8, that flights to and from Rome will be partially suspended as of Wednesday, March 11, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the north of the country. Affected flights are on the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) - Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) route and will remain suspended until Thursday, April 30. Delta flights from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Rome have not been affected.

As of Monday, March 9, there are 7375 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Italy, including 366 deaths. In the United States, there are 564 confirmed cases and 22 deaths.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). 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.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored 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

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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