United Airlines to suspend 24 US-China flights over coronavirus

United Airlines to suspend 24 US-China flights over coronavirus

Google has suspended operations at its offices in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for an indeterminate amount of time as coronavirus spreads across the region, according to a report published Wednesday in The Verge.

Other airlines, such as US-owned United Airlines, said it would reduce flights to China following "a significant decline in demand for travel".

British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people.

Authorities said on Wednesday the death toll from coronavirus in mainland China has risen to 132 and around 6,000 people have been confirmed as infected.

Global markets have been embroiled in a rapid sell-off the last few days, but a slow recovery was starting to appear as China - where the virus originated - and neighbouring countries took strict measures to curb travel.

The suspension will run from February 9 through March 27, American said. That has trapped more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease control measures ever imposed.

The Federal Government's Smart Traveller website advises Australians to reconsider their need to travel to China in response to the outbreak, recommending people do not travel to Hubei.

Official sources told The Indian Express that an Air India jumbo jet has been placed on standby in Mumbai as they await the green signal from China for the flight, which will return from Wuhan to Delhi.

Affected customers will be notified and offered options that include travel on other carriers where available, or a full refund, Air Canada said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada has a plane preparing to fly Canadians out of the province in China at the centre of an outbreak of a new coronavirus.

Thousands of foreigners have been among those trapped in Wuhan, which has become a near ghost-town with vehicle travel banned and residents staying indoors.

The World Health Organization said Tuesday it would send urgently dispatch worldwide experts to China "to guide global response efforts".

"We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and will adjust our schedule as needed", United said.

The Hong Kong government said Tuesday that it will stop accepting individual tourists from the mainland.

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