Costa Smeralda passengers released from quarantine
Passengers onboard Costa Smeralda have been released from quarantine after two Chinese guests tested negative for the coronavirus at the centre of a global outbreak.
Virgin Atlantic suspends flights to Shanghai as coronavirus spreads
Virgin Atlantic has suspended operations to Shanghai as a new coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across China. Flight VS250 to Shanghai will depart today, while and the final in-bound flight will be VS251 on Saturday.
British Airways cancels all mainland China flights
In a statement, British Airways, which operates daily flights to Shanghai and Beijing from Heathrow, announced the suspension of departures to and from mainland China “with immediate effect”.
FCO advises against all but essential travel to mainland China
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to “advise against all but essential travel” to mainland China as the impact of an ongoing coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.
Hong Kong to limit cross-border travel with mainland China
High-speed trains and ferries that cross the border between mainland China and Hong Kong will be suspended from Thursday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced earlier. Flights will also be halved.
British Foreign Office urges against Hubei travel
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise against all travel to Hubei province in China due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.
WTTC warns of long-term impact on tourism from coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak in China could have a damaging and lasting economic impact on the global tourism sector unless lessons are learned from previous viral epidemics.
Chinese cities in lockdown as coronavirus spreads
Three Chinese cities are now in lockdown as authorities attempt to limit the spread of a deadly coronavirus. A total of 20 million people are believed to have been impacted by the decision, with a number of major public events also cancelled.