(RightWing.org) – The US has implemented travel restrictions given that the coronavirus, which originated in China, continues to spread.
The virus has now infected over 12,000 individuals — over double that of the SARS outbreak — and killed 259. It’s still conforming to estimated contagion and lethality rates, but that doesn’t make it any less serious. Now that there are travel restrictions and recommendations, here’s what you need to know.
As of January 31, America has restricted entry to foreigners traveling from China. Any citizens or permanent residents who visited the Hubei province over the last 2 weeks will be quarantined for up to 14 days upon arrival.
The US Department of State is advising anyone against traveling to China through its issuance of a “Level 4 Advisory: Do Not Travel” on the country.
Airlines, including Delta, American Airlines, and United Airlines have canceled all flights to China from February 6 to April 30. Individuals can fly to China on these airlines until February 5.
In spite of the threat of the virus and the actions countries have taken thus far, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising nations not to implement travel bans.
.@WHO doesn’t recommend limiting trade & movement.
Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing & medical supply chains & harming economies. We urge countries & companies to make evidence-based, consistent decisions. https://t.co/ksxOV6sbDN
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) January 31, 2020
If you or anyone you know could be affected by this situation, please take the time to learn more as other restrictions and details do apply to this ban.
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