State Department Issues Emergency Alert Travel Warnings for Novel Coronavirus
US State Department reports 2.02.2020.
Novel Coronavirus in Hubei Province, China. There is an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. In an effort to contain the novel coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have suspended air and rail travel in the area around Wuhan. On January 23, 2020, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members from Wuhan. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province.We strongly urge U.S. citizens in Hubei Province, China, to contact concerned family members in the United States and elsewhere to advise them of your safety.What is Novel Coronavirus?2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a ) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.
Back on May 1 of 2019, The US State Department issued a Novel Coronavirus travel advisory for Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia 05/01/2019 – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/csi_repository/csi_landing/csi_catalog/sau.htmlsyndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), formerly called “novel coronavirus,” visit the .Be up-to-date on all recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit CDC.gov