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Coronavirus and South East Asia (Updated 18 February)

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.


  • 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:


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