The Coronavirus – Report 5
London, 17 March 2020
The past week has seen a rapid escalation of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The coronavirus is now present in 150 countries around the world. More than 167,000 people have COVID-19 and there have been more than 6,600 deaths. The epi-centre has moved to Europe where unprecedented emergency measures are being implemented. Health facilities are being quickly overwhelmed. This is the defining global health crisis of our time.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has despatched almost 1.5 million tests to 120 countries.
Link: WHO Report 16 March 2020
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Dominic Raab, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, today made a statement to the House of Commons, advising against all non-essential international travel for 30 days. This advice takes effect immediately.
This change in travel advice reflects the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Often there is little or no notice when countries take these steps and restrictions are also being imposed in areas where no cases of coronavirus have yet been reported. They are therefore very difficult to predict.
British people who decide that they still need to travel abroad should be fully aware of the increased risks of doing so. That includes the risk that they may not be able to get home, if travel restrictions are put in place. Anyone still considering travel to be realistic about the level of disruption they are willing and able to endure, and to make decisions in light of the unprecedented conditions we face.
British people are not being advised to immediately return to the UK if they are overseas, except for a few countries detailed in FCO travel advice. However, the Government says that British people should bear in mind that flights may be cancelled at short notice or other travel restrictions may be put in place by foreign governments.If people do want to return to the UK soon, then they need to take account of the fast moving situation and plan accordingly, while flights remain available in many places.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said: “UK travellers abroad now face widespread international border restrictions and lock downs in various countries. The speed and range of those measures across other countries is unprecedented. So I have taken the decision to advise British nationals against all non-essential international travel.
Whether travel is essential or not is a personal decision and circumstances differ from person to person. It is for individuals themselves to make an informed decision based on the risks and FCO advice. Anyone still planning to travel should check the validity of their travel insurance.”
Revealed Travel will continue to monitor the outbreak and will endeavour to publish accurate information about the coronavirus on our websites.
The travel industry is having a tough time at present. Our first priority is to help and support our passengers who are currently travelling.
The Government of Belize have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus and have announced that all foreigners arriving from the following countries be placed under quarantine at their own expense: China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. Any nationals returning from these countries, and from cities in the United States that have documented community spread, will also be placed under quarantine.
Passengers arriving from the following countries may be subject to health screening and 14 day self-isolation: China, Japan, Malaysia, Iran, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Italy, USA, French Guiana, Brazil, Panama, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
The Uruguayan Ministry of Health requires that all passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Iran, France and Germany, and those who have had contact with a COVID-19 infected person, self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Cruise ships are currently allowed to dock in Montevideo for resupplies and refuelling only. Passengers and crew are unable to disembark and cruise ship companies are working to redirect ships.