Published: Sat, February 01, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Japan urges citizens not to travel to China because of virus

Japan urges citizens not to travel to China because of virus

The Trump Administration on Friday declared an outbreak of novel coronavirus a public health emergency in the US and announced that it will temporarily deny entry to any foreign national who "poses a risk" of transmitting the virus.

The U.S. order followed a travel advisory for Americans to consider leaving China.

As scientists race to find a vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared a public health emergency of global concern amid rising fears the virus could reach countries with weak healthcare systems.

Last year, an average of more than 14,000 people traveled by air to the United States from China each day, either by direct or indirect flights, according to the White House.

The WHO has declared the outbreak a global emergency.

The CDC also confirmed Thursday the first case of person-to-person transmission of the virus within the US.

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.

More than 40,000 workers at a vast Chinese-controlled industrial park in Indonesia - which also employs 5,000 staff from China - were put under quarantine, the facility said on Friday.

A number of major US airlines have already suspended service from the China through the end of March in response to the outbreak that has already caused more than 200 deaths in China. Other carriers including British Airways, Finnair and Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific also have canceled or cut back service to mainland China.

Japan, Germany and Britain have advised against nonessential travel to China.

China virus death toll rises to 259, infections surge
The researchers used the official data (case infections) to reverse-engineer a new estimated total of infection cases in Wuhan. Japan and Germany also advised against non-essential travel to China and Britain did as well, except for Hong Kong and Macao.

Governments around the world are evacuating their citizens from the central Chinese province of Hubei, where the outbreak began, and putting them in quarantine.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has approved several applications by domestic airlines for chartered flights to transport residents of Wuhan who have been stranded overseas.

A plane carrying Indians from Wuhan landed in New Delhi. Thailand is also set to evacuate its nationals from the city in the coming days. They were to be screened for fever before being taken to two quarantine centers.

The death toll jumped overnight by 46 to 259 people, while the number of confirmed cases in China soared to 11,791. Infected people don't show symptoms immediately and may be able to pass on the virus before they appear sick.

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.

Spain reported its first detected case, a German man who had close contact with an infected person in Germany and then traveled to the Canary Islands with some friends.

The State Department said it would arrange additional flights of Americans out of Wuhan.

The emergency measures were unveiled by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at a White House briefing, shortly before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities announced a seventh U.S. coronavirus case had been confirmed in Northern California.

There are a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, associated with the virus.

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