Coronavirus – how does it affect my trip?

by Traveleads | January 27, 2020 | Latest News

What is Coronavirus?

The Novel Coronavirus is a respiratory illness and is a new strain, previously unheard of in humans. The virus was first seen in Wuhan, China and is thought to have originated at a seafood market; although it’s likely the virus was first spread from animal to human, the growing increase in patients suggests that the virus is now also spreading between humans.

Symptoms are similar to the flu and can include shortness of breath, fever and coughing, although they have varied in infected people. So far, it is thought that more than 3,000 people have been infected and more than 80 people have died.

Which countries are affected?

  • China is the most heavily affected with its Hubei province especially so. The capital city, Wuhan where the virus originated, is now on lockdown and a new hospital is even being built to support the growing number of patients
  • Other cases have been confirmed in Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, France, Japan, Vietnam, Nepal and Canada
  • Although more than 50 cases have been tested in the UK, they have all been negative and do not show signs of this particular virus. This government page is being updated daily at 2pm with further news

What is the official advice?

For those who have visited Wuhan recently, the government is suggesting you should seek medical attention if you develop symptoms such as a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days – either in China or upon returning to the UK.

Further screening methods have been introduced to UK airports with direct flights from China which will see a team of rotating public health experts available to support anyone feeling unwell upon returning from China.

The FCO is in close contact with Chinese authorities and working on ways in which to allow British nationals to leave the Hubei province.

The FCO is also advising against all travel to the Hubei province. The World Health Organization has not yet advised on any international traffic restrictions in place.

I have a planned trip to an affected country, what should I do?

You can speak to our helpful travel consultants to find out how this may affect your booked trip to China and keep an eye on this Government page for the most up-to-date information and official advice on the Coronavirus.

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