PUBLISHED: 19:40, Tue, Jan 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:03, Tue, Jan 28, 2020
Initially, the FCO warned to stay away from the epicentre of the virus, Wuhan, where the disease is believed to have been derived from illegal meat trade at a seafood market. However, as the death toll across China creeps higher the government have made the decision to advise against all travel to the country.
An updated travel warning on the FCO website reads: “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Hubei Province due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.
“If you’re in this area and able to leave, you should do so.
“The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao).
“The Chinese government continue to impose further restrictions on movement within China in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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“It may become harder over the coming weeks for those who wish to leave China to do so.
“If you feel that you may want to leave China soon, you should consider making plans to do so before any further restrictions may be imposed.”
At present, the death toll in China sits at 106, with over 4,000 infected so far.
Meanwhile, the virus has managed to surpass its borders, with cases detected in Germany, the United States, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France, Canada, Australia and Sri Lanka.
So far there have been no fatal cases outside of China.
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