United Airlines suspends all flights to Hong Kong amid coronavirus outbreak

United Airlines suspends all flights to Hong Kong amid coronavirus outbreak

Airlines that range from the world's largest, American Airlines, to small carriers like Turkmenistan Airlines are eliminating some or all service to mainland China, representing one of the biggest blows to worldwide travel in many years.

European aviation agency EASA has also issued a set of precautions for airlines operating to and from China. With this announcement, all flights by Indian carriers to China will be suspended after Friday.

Faced with a growing number of infected people, African airlines are no longer serving China, as are several airlines such as AIr France-KLM (until February 9), American Airlines (January 31 to March 27), Qatar Airways (from February 3).

In the meantime, the department is asking no one travel to China. It cited the continued drop in demand.

In a notice released on Monday, one of Hong Kong's voluntary ambulance brigades - St John Ambulance- announced they would suspend all first aid and ambulance duties due to the recent spread of the coronavirus.

A flight of China Airlines, CA-946 with eighteen passengers on board on Tuesday left for Beijing from Karachi International airport, ARY News reported.

US citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.

Asked in an interview aired Sunday on Fox how concerned he was over the outbreak, President Donald Trump said that "we pretty much shut it down coming in from China".

Cathay Pacific announced that it is cutting its fifth freedom flight from New York (JFK) to Vancouver early, leaving less than two weeks for flyers to experience this journey.

However, non-New Zealand passengers arriving on flights from China that were already en route on Monday would be allowed entry following "enhanced screening", he said, before the ban would take full effect.

Police and health officials responded to the airport about 4.30pm, a police spokesperson said.

"China has noted that the United States has repeatedly expressed its willingness to provide assistance to China, and hopes that the relevant assistance will be provided soon", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry's website.

The country's largest air carrier China Southern Airlines (China Southern), has sent flights to carry a total of 380 tonnes of medical supplies as of 6 p.m., February 2, according to the airline.

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