U.S. issues 'Do Not Travel' advisory to China due to novel coronavirus

Posted at 9:19 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 12:21:30-05

The United States government has issued a travel advisory for those wishing to travel to China.

U.S. Department of State issued a "Do Not Travel" warning on its website due to the novel coronavirus. The announcement comes as the World Health Organization has determined the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency.

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"Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China," the U.S. Department of State said on its website.

Officials did not give a date on when the advisory is expected to be lifted.


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According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

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