Coronavirus and South East Asia (Updated 18 February)
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
- There are currently in excess of 75,000 cases worldwide with 98% in China where 1,865 people have died. There has been only 3 deaths reported outside China.
- There have been 12,584 recoveries.
- 24+ countries have recorded cases, however the risk of transmission outside of Wuhan area is very low.
- Vietnam currently records 14 positive cases and have cured 6 cases.
- Most airlines have suspended flights to/from China as a precaution.
- Vietnam has been proactive in reducing risk, by closing schools after the Tet New Year until the end of February.
- Vietnam has suspended all flights to and from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and ceased issuing visas to anyone who has been in China in the last 14 days.
- Laos has suspended all flights to and from China and closed its Golden Triangle border region to Chinese and Myanmar citizens. Also a number of private schools have also been closed.
- Body temperature screenings are in place at the airports of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
- The WHO Emergency Committee believes it is possible to interrupt virus spread, provided countries put in place strong measures to detect disease early, isolate and treat cases.
RISK MINIMISATION MEASURES
- WHO advises travellers to wear a mask when travelling and at airports and to frequently wash hands and to avoid touching face and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early;
- Avoid all high risk areas such as farms, live animal markets and areas where animals are slaughtered including fish, chicken and seafood;
- Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and a high degree for Thailand and Myanmar (land mines & politics).
Here you can see the 50 airlines that have cancelled flights into China as a precaution including Cathay, Cambodia Airways and Thai Smile: