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China flies citizens home to virus-hit Wuhan

China flies citizens home to virus-hit Wuhan”

According to Azar, foreign nationals, other than immediate family of United States citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled to China within the past 14 days could be denied entry into the US.

The risk of contracting the coronavirus is the U.S.is low - something that federal health administration officials emphasized repeatedly during a White House meeting.

Additionally, US citizens who have been in China's Hubei Province, where the virus originated, "will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they're provided proper medical care and health screening", Azar noted.

China's efforts are [aimed at] not only protecting the health of its own people, but also safeguarding the health of people worldwide.

An official at the DRC's Ministry of Health, who chose to remain anonymous, supported such a move: "In the DRC, Ebola and measles have claimed thousands of lives; an outbreak of coronavirus is the last thing we need, thus cancelling flights is sensible". Russian Federation has reported the first two cases of a new virus in the country.

Americans returning from China will be allowed into the country, but will face screening at select ports of entry and required to undertake 14 days of self-screening.

The US is also quarantining those who return from China for two weeks. On Friday, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines suspended all flights between the USA and China.

Other global airlines that have suspended service to mainland China or announced plans to do so include Air France, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines and Indonesia's Lion Air.

A total of 117 weekly flights from 15 cities in China, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong, have been affected following the Sabah government's decision to temporary suspend all scheduled and charter flights from China to the state, effective Thursday (January 30). The government said they would be quarantined in a nearby city, Manesar.

More than 300 Indians arrived in Delhi on Saturday after they were evacuated from Wuhan.

An ER evacuation flight from Wuhan was also scheduled on Saturday.

The UK, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand are all expected to quarantine evacuees for two weeks to monitor them for symptoms and avoid contagion.

The WHO said it does not recommend countries around the world initiate any travel or trade restrictions with China, but that advice has not stopped dozens of nations from putting some kind of restriction in place.

The death rate in China is falling but the number of confirmed cases will keep growing because there are thousands of specimens from suspected cases yet to be tested, WHO's Galea said.

Vietnam halted all air travel to China, Italy banned incoming flights, the first European Union country to do so, and Qatar Airways became the first Middle East carrier to suspend flights to China.

The 117 flights do not include an earlier suspension of 10 flights from Wuhan, comprising Air Asia (seven) and Malindo Air (three) flights, as well as seven flights from Shanghai via Spring Airlines, following the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Four friends who were hospitalized with him have not shown symptoms.

Only six cases have been identified in the US, although another 191 individuals are being monitored for possible exposure, administration officials said.

In the United States, health officials issued a two-week quarantine order for the 195 Americans evacuated this week from Wuhan.



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