Delta suspends all flights between the United States and China for the coronavirus
The measure takes effect between February 6 and April 30. The company said passengers can request refunds, itinerary changes for other dates or discuss other options.
ATLANTA, Georgia. Delta airline said Friday that it will temporarily suspend all flights between the United States and China due to “concerns” related to the coronavirus.
The restrictions will cover from February 6 to April 30. The last flight to the Asian country will depart on Monday, February 3, while the final trip by the measure to US territory will take place on Wednesday 5, the airline said in a statement.
Currently, the company operates 42 weekly flights between the two countries, which include daily connections between Beijing and the US cities of Detroit and Seattle; as well as between Shanghai and Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Seattle
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Federal authorities said Tuesday that they will begin reviewing the health of passengers from China arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta, and O’Hare international airports in Chicago, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, which was already confirmed that an infected arrived in the United States.
The measure adds both air terminals to those in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, which last week began to analyze travelers due to the disease, which has left at least six people dead and has made hundreds sicker in Asia.
The outbreak has grown rapidly in recent days, and authorities in China reported confirmed cases in several cities.
Delta said affected passengers should go to the company’s website to explore their options, including changes to itineraries after April 30 or refunds.
For travelers with reservations until April 5, the company will continue to offer free itinerary changes.
To date, it is estimated that the coronavirus, believed to have originated in the Wuhan region of China, has claimed at least 213 lives in that country.
More than 20 nations have confirmed cases, including the United States, where 165 patients have been analyzed, 6 of whom tested positive for the disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Earlier this week, the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) said it was investigating several “potential cases” of coronavirus in the state.
The Department said that, in consultation with the CDC, “patient information received by health providers is evaluated.” He added that “DPH has not confirmed any cases of coronavirus in Georgia; however, this situation could change as more patients are evaluated.”
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More than 800 infected worldwide are estimated. In China, most are registered in Wuhan and the city was isolated.
The Chinese city epicenter of the new virus outbreak is one of the largest industrial centers. Cough, sneezing and contact with a patient can cause infection.
Police, special teams and paramilitary forces guarded the Wuhan railway station, where metal barriers closed access. Only the entrance of passengers with ticket for the last trains was allowed.
Similar measures will be taken on Friday in the neighboring cities of Huanggang and Ezhou, which will keep more than 18 million inhabitants isolated. An unprecedented effort to stop the spread of the virus.
The government, at all levels “must prioritize the lives and health of the people,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. “It is necessary to disseminate information about the epidemic quickly and profound international cooperation.”