FCM Update on Coronavirus Outbreak

FCM Update on Coronavirus Outbreak

31/01/2020
FCM Update on Coronavirus Outbreak

A message regarding Coronavirus Outbreak from our Travel partner FCM:

Your health and wellbeing while travelling is important to us, so our priority is to ensure
you are kept up-to-date on the latest information regarding the current novel
coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

Overview

• The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a flu-like virus. Like the flu, it can have a
significant impact on people who contract it, particularly those who are old/fragile or
have a compromised immune system (such as newborns and infants).
• The global death toll caused by the novel coronavirus is currently over 100 with more
than 4,515 cases confirmed in mainland China.
• This new type of coronavirus was initially linked to a large seafood and live animal
market in Wuhan City, in China’s Hubei Province.
• The majority of reported cases are in the Wuhan region, however there are also cases
that have been identified in parts of Asia, the US and Australia.
• Chinese authorities and their counterparts elsewhere in the world are taking
precautions to ensure the virus doesn’t spread. Following advice from the World Health
Organization, parts of China have been placed in lockdown. Nearly 60 million people
have been affected by partial or full lockdowns in Chinese cities as the country’s
government steps up its response.
• Since Thursday 23 January all inbound and outbound rail, long-distance bus, air, and
ferry travel from Wuhan has been prohibited indefinitely.
• The impact of the coronavirus is not limited to Hubei province – authorities have also
shut major tourist sites including the Forbidden City in Beijing and a section of the
Great Wall. The Disneyland Resorts in both Shanghai and Hong Kong have been
closed temporarily.

Potential Impact to Travel

• A number of airlines have waived fare conditions for travellers impacted by the
outbreak. Contact Church Resourcces regarding your flights if you have any queries.                              • Many countries including Australia are warning against any non-essential travel to
China and have put in their own security measures.
• Authorities could impose further restrictions across Hubei Province with little notice
which could leave travellers stranded.
• Screening procedures have also been put in place in airports across the world. China,
Australia, the US and Japan have all introduced thermal screening for the virus at
identified airports for flights arriving from flights arriving from mainland China.
• Residents and current visitors are being confined to Wuhan and have been advised
that wearing a mask in public is mandatory.
• Papua New Guinea has announced a ban on all travellers from Asian countries,
temporarily suspending flights from China, Macau and Hong Kong for the entire month
of February, and is also restricting its government workers from travelling to those
destinations.
• Samoa has also announced travel restrictions – if you’re travelling from a country
specified by the Samoan authorities, including Australia, you will require medical
clearance at least 3 days prior to travel to Samoa.

We encourage you to contact Church Resources with any questions you may have. Alternatively, see below links for further updates on the Coronavirus outbreak.
Smartraveller: for up-to-date advice on the outbreak.
Australian Government’s Department of Health website.

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