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China: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (Formerly Pneumonia Outbreak in Wuhan City)

The ABTA Destinations team are monitoring the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

China – FCO Travel Advice Update

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for China with an update to the Health section and Summary – updated information and advice following an outbreak of coronavirus. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:

Summary

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China. Public Health England has offered advice to travellers, and additional health screening measures may be in place. For more information and advice, visit the TravelHealthPro website. See Health

Health

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China. Public Health England advise that people travelling to Wuhan should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms. You should seek medical attention if you develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, either in China or on your return to the UK, informing your health service before you attend about your recent travel to the city. Additional health screening measures for travellers may be in place. For more information and advice, visit the TravelHealthPro website.

The overall level of the advice has not changed, there are no restrictions within the advice.

View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Public Health England Update

20 January 2020

As of Monday 20 January 2020, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission has reported 217 cases of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus. Four of these cases have been diagnosed outside of China – 2 in Thailand, one in Japan and one in South Korea, following travel to Wuhan, China. There have also now been cases in other cities in China. There have been 3 fatalities.

Based on the latest information and analysis, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that there is evidence of limited human to human transmission of the virus.

Currently, the risk to the UK population is very low and the risk to travellers to Wuhan is low, but the situation is under constant review. However, in line with our robust preparedness activities for emerging infections, we have issued clinical guidance for the detection and diagnosis of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases of this new infection in the UK.

Dr Nick Phin, Deputy Director, National Infection Service, Public Health England, said:
Based on the available evidence, the current risk to the UK is very low. We are working with the WHO and other international partners, have issued advice to the NHS and are keeping the situation under constant review.

People travelling to Wuhan should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms. Individuals should seek medical attention if they develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, either in China or on their return to the UK, informing their health service prior to their attendance about their recent travel to the city.

TravelHealthPro Update

The outbreak information has been updated on the TravelHealthPro website can be accessed here: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/49/china#CIoutBreaks

Novel coronavirus in China

21 Jan 2020 Wuhan. China
As of 21 January 2020, a total of 270 cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported from Wuhan.

Novel coronavirus in China

As of 20 January 2020, a case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was confirmed in a resident of Guangdong who recently travelled to Wuhan, Hubei Province. Contact tracing is ongoing.

Novel coronavirus in South Korea ex China

20 Jan 2020 View Countries + China
South Korea
As of 20 January 2020, the first imported case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed in an arrival from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This case was detected during airport entry screening. Enhanced quarantine and screening measures have been in place since 3 January 2020.

Advice for Customers

Travellers planning to travel in China should read the FCO travel advice for China, which includes a link through to the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) TravelHealthPro website that provides specific travel health advice for countries.

NaTHNaC advise that the risk of pneumonia due to the novel coronavirus to the UK population is very low and the risk to travellers to Wuhan is low, but if you are travelling to this area you should take simple precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission by maintaining good hand and personal hygiene and avoiding animals, animal products (such as uncooked meat) and animal markets.

We will continue to monitor and provide updates a appropriate.

 
Info for customers travelling to Dubai

Following recent events in Iran, we have taken the foreign office lead and currently there is no advice against travel to the UAE.  All cruises, flights and ground travel arrangements are operating as normal. 

We are carefully monitoring the situation, with assistance from our associates in the area sending daily updates and will inform all customers of any changes or any necessary amendments to travel arrangements. 

Please be assured that you will be met by our local staff on arrival in resort and they will be on hand during your stay in Dubai. 

 

Info for customers travelling to Australia

The ABTA Destinations team continue to monitor the bushfires affecting various regions of Australia.

Australia continues to battle serious bushfires across multiple regions and the advice to those in or near an affected area, continues to be;  to stay safe, monitor TV news, radio and social media channels for updates, and follow the instructions and advice of local authorities.

Whilst Bushfires are currently affecting some parts of Australia there are many regions across the continent that remain unaffected. In order to assist travellers to obtain the most up-to-date information for their planned itinerary Tourism Australia, in consultation with the State tourism offices, has created a Bushfire Information page on their website Australia.com.

This page contains information about the key tourism regions in Australia that have been affected by the bushfires and will be updated daily.