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26 mars 2020 | 09h34 UTC

France: Paris-Beauvais Airport (BVA) temporarily suspends flights March 26 /update 12

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Paris-Beauvais Airport (BVA) temporarily suspends commercial flights effective March 26 due to COVID-19; confirm flight itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 26/3/2020, 12h00 until 15/4/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Event

Local officials announced that Paris-Beauvais Airport (BVA) will suspend all commercial flight operations effective Thursday, March 26, until further notice due to a global decrease demand in air traffic amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Some medical and cargo flights will continue to operate. 

On Wednesday, March 25, officials announced that Paris Orly Airport (ORY) will temporarily close to commercial traffic starting on Friday, March 31, at 23:59 (local time). 

On Tuesday, March 17, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered individuals to remain at home for 15 days except for essential tasks, such as grocery shopping, medical assistance, and work (if not possible to work from home).

As of March 26, health officials have confirmed 25,600 cases of COVID-19 in France, including 1333 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected over 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 March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

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 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 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, 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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