US Airlines Suspend China Flights Over Coronavirus Fear
The U.S. advised against all travel to China as the number of cases of a worrying new virus spiked more than tenfold in a week, including the highest death toll in a 24-hour period, Friday, January 31.
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In an address to the nation, President Trump announced that he was canceling all US travel from Europe for the next 30 days, except for the UK, in an attempt to slow the coronavirus outbreak.
#Coronavirus #Trump The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will shut down passenger services for its national carrier - one of the world's largest airlines to fall victim to the economic effect of the new coronavirus.
The Dubai-based carrier says the decision was made to preserve business viability and to ensure there were no job losses.
There are 153 confirmed cases in the UAE, of which 38 have recovered.
The death toll there stands at two.
Kurt Hofmann, aviation journalist at Air Transport World and Aviation Week, discusses the outcomes with Al Jazeera. There are at least 29 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United States. It's a small fraction of the number of cases in China, but the fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak knows no bounds. Many Chinese students in America are on edge, and worry for family members in China. CGTN's Dan Williams met some students at Northwestern University. The Philippines is home to the largest Roman Catholic community in Asia, and churches can traditionally rely on a strong showing for Sunday mass services.
But fears over a coronavirus spread have had a dramatic effect on attendance.
Al Jazeera's Barnaby Lo reports from the capital, Manila.