Updated February 14
On February 11, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. There are currently 14 confirmed cases in the US. At least 62 airlines from 45 countries have suspended or cancelled flights to mainland China and/or Hong Kong due to the outbreak.
What we know:
- The outbreak was first reported December 31, 2019 and was thought to be SARS, influenza, or a similar respiratory pathogen, but later information showed the causative pathogen is a new (novel) coronavirus.
- On January 31, 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
- On February 11, the WHO officially named the disease COVID-19.
- There are currently 64,457 confirmed cases.
- Nearly 1,390 deaths recorded with the majority of these in China.
- Multiple airlines have suspended or limited flights to/from China, including Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong has closed most land borders with mainland China and issued a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone coming into the city from the mainland.
Airlines with affected flights include:
China Eastern Airlines
In conjunction with the CDC, FCM recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China at this time. We are working closely with our partners at WorldAware to stay abreast of the situation and provide assistance to you and your travelers wherever necessary.