Ethiopian Airlines announced that it had canceled some of its scheduled China-bound flights from and to Addis Ababa due to the spreading of deadly and ongoing coronavirus outbreak that’s already killed over 170 people and sickened thousands.
The death toll from the virus rose to 170 on Thursday, with a total of 7,711 infected. Over the past 24 hours, 38 new deaths and 1,737 new infected cases have been reported.
A statement issued by Ethiopian Airlines said: “We are operating our regular flights to all of our five gateways in China”.
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) January 30, 2020
Ethiopian on average transports 4000 Chinese passengers daily between China and Africa. It operates 40 weekly flights to five destinations in China.
Ethiopia suspected Corona Virus update
Meanwhile, the test results of the four suspected cases sent to South Africa have become negative for #nCoV2019, according to Dr. Liya Tadesse, State Minister of Health.
What are the current travel restrictions to China?
Officials at the CDC have advised travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to the country. The United States is also expanding the screening of travelers arriving from Wuhan from five to 20 airports.
Singapore said it would ban travelers from China’s Hubei province.
The United Kingdom and New Zealand also advised their people against nonessential travel to China.
Russia has signed an order to close the border between them and China. They also blocked tour groups from China.
China has cut off access to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, trapping more than 50 million people.
South Korea urged an increase in its level of caution to “restraint” when traveling to China.
Hong Kong reduced half its flights and shut down rail service to mainland China.
United canceled all flights to China.
American Airlines suspended L.A. flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing.
British Airways suspended all flights to and from mainland China.
Air India and Seoul Air halting all flights to the country.
Finnair, Cathay Pacific, and Jetstar also stopping service.
Lion Air canceled 50 flights to China into February.
Air Canada suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai.
Source: The Associated Press
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