Cases have been found across Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the US, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France and Canada, as well as four confirmed and one "probable" case in Australia.
BEIJING – China has extended the Lunar New Year
holiday by three days to next Sunday in an effort to contain the spread of the
coronavirus, the death toll from which rose to 80 with more than 2700 confirmed
cases, China's government said Monday.
China’s health minister, Ma Xiaowei, said the country was
entering a “crucial stage” as “it seems like the ability of the virus to spread
is getting worse”.
Cases have been found across Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand,
Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the US, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France
and Canada, as well as four confirmed and one "probable" case in
2019-nCoV, the official designation for the new virus,
emerged in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has spread through China.
fatalities have been reported outside China.
These are the some of the latest
Cruise operators including Royal Caribbean Cruises, Costa
Cruises, MSC Cruises and Astro Ocean Cruises said they cancelled a combined 12
cruises that had been scheduled to embark from Chinese ports before February 2.
Hong Kong Disneyland and the city's Ocean Park were closed
on Sunday. Shanghai Disneyland, which expected 100,000 visitors daily through
the Lunar New Year holidays, had already closed.
China's biggest online travel agency,
Trip.com, is waiving cancellation fees on all hotels, car rentals and tickets
for tourist attractions to Wuhan and is ''actively monitoring the situation to
ensure the safety of all travellers''.
Overall passenger travel in China declined by nearly 29% on
Saturday, the first day of the Lunar New Year, from a year earlier, with air
passengers down nearly 42%, a transportation ministry official said.
China cut off trains, planes and other
links to Wuhan Jan. 22, and has steadily expanded the lockdown to 16
surrounding cities with a combined population of more than 50 million --
greater than that of New York, London, Paris and Moscow combined.
Two Indonesian airlines
-- Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air -- cancelled eight flights between Bali and the
Chinese city of Wuhan in the wake of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
The Cathay Pacific
Airways Flight Attendants Union said it had received a "tremendous"
amount of emails and messages from members concerned about catching the virus
given they were exposed to more than 300 passengers from numerous places on a
Hotel groups are paying out refunds to tourists who want to
cancel trips to Wuhan and other parts of China. Both InterContinental Hotels
Group (IHG) and Hyatt will allow guests to change or cancel stays at the
majority of their Chinese hotels over the Lunar New Year holiday. IHG has 443
hotels in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan under different brands, with four
A series of public events in Hong Kong’s, including a Lunar New Year gala and next month’s marathon have been cancelled while the re-opening of schools after the holidays has been delayed.
of China, luxury goods brands are likely to be hit as Chinese tourists stay at
home rather than travel overseas for shopping sprees. LVMH, which owns the
Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Hermes brands, saw its value slide last week.
Kong's national carrier Cathay Pacific was among the first airlines to allow
passengers scheduled to fly to or from Wuhan to reschedule for free while, at
the same time allowing cabin crew to wear surgical masks on flights.