White House considers termination of flights to China to isolate deadly virus
The Chinese coronovirus epidemic has forced the US government to consider new means to contain the threat. On Monday, the Donald Trump Administration, together with the US Department of Health, discussed the possible cessation of flights to and from China.
From unofficial sources it became known that all airlines were notified of this agenda. To date, a final decision has not yet been made.
“Two of the people said the White House told them it doesn’t immediately plan to ban China air travel, but administration officials are constantly evaluating the situation” reports CNBC.
With the virus spreading at lightning speed, United Airlines has already decided to limit flights to China to prevent the spread of the disease. On the other hand, American and Delta airlines do not intend to reduce the number of flights to China.
The CDC had previously recommended that Americans not take tourist tours to China because of a possible infection
“CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.”
“There is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that can be spread from person to person.
Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province, including buses, subways, trains, and the international airport. Other locations may be affected.
Older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
The situation is evolving. This notice will be updated as more information becomes available.”
To date, in order to isolate a dangerous virus and prevent the spread, 20 airports have introduced enhanced passenger screening measures. According to official information, more than 100 people have died and almost 5 thousand people are in critical condition.
As of today, information has been received that one of the aircraft from China with American passengers on board was redirected to the March Air Reserve Base. On board were US citizens evacuated from a US embassy in China. The board was originally supposed to land in California, but was ordered to change destination at an airport in Ontario, Alaska.
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