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26 Mar 2020 | 03:28 PM UTC

China: Government to implement curbs on international passenger flights from March 29 due to COVID-19 /update 47

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China to implement curbs on international passenger flights from March 29 to prevent further spread of COVID-19; confirm flight itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/26/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/10/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION China

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Event

On Thursday, March 26, the Civil Aviation Administration of China announced curbs on international passenger flights to prevent the importation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Effective Sunday, March 29, domestic airlines must reduce their international routes to only one per country, with no more than one flight per week. Similarly, foreign carriers will be limited to one flight into China per week. Passenger load capacity on all inbound and outbound flights will not be permitted to exceed 75 percent. 

To date, there have been over 81,780 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

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 March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

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

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 nonessential 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 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, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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