WUHAN VIRUS/Taiwan issues red travel advisory for China

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a red travel advisory for China Wednesday amid growing novel coronavirus infections across the globe.

MAC Minister Chen Ming tong (???) made the announcement at the Central Epidemic Command Center, urging the public not to visit China and noting that anyone returning from that country will be quarantined at home for 14 days.

On Jan. 28, the MAC introduced a red travel advisory for China’s Hubei Province, in the wake of the provincial capital Wuhan being the epicenter of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) outbreak, with the first confirmed case reported in December.

Wuhan City and Hubei Province were subject to an orange travel advisory on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25 respectively, following the spread of the virus.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, the MAC said 19 provinces in China have reported more than 100 confirmed cases of 2019 nCoV virus, with cluster infections reported in Beijing and Shanghai and travel restrictions imposed on Zhejiang, Henan, Shandong, Helongjiang, Jiangsu and Fujian provinces.

Meanwhile, the travel warning level for Hong Kong and Macau has been upgraded to a yellow advisory, meaning Taiwan nationals should avoid unnecessary trips, Chen said.

There had been 18 and 10 confirmed cases in Hong Kong and Macau, respectively, as of early Wednesday morning with the risk growing rapidly in neighboring Guangdong Province.

To date, the coronavirus has claimed 493 lives globally, including 491 in China, according to the latest statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

There have been 24,554 confirmed cases across the globe as of late Wednesday, 24,352 of which have occurred in China, WHO statistics show.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel