Things in the Far East have taken a turn toward sketchy as of late, and the United States isn’t taking any chances.
A deadly outbreak of Coronavirus is spreading swiftly from its epicenter in Wuhan, China, and there seems to be little hope in sight to curb its reach. American companies such as Delta Airlines are restricting service to the region in response, and the World Health Organization has issued a global declaration of “emergency” in the case.
This has, in turn, pushed the Untied States to issue a travel advisory as well…something that Beijing is none too happy about.
China’s death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for“domestic outbreak control” if the disease spreads in their countries.
Beijing criticized Washington’s order barring entry to most foreigners who visited China in the past two weeks.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced similar measures Saturday, following Japan and Singapore.
South Korea and India flew hundreds of their citizens out of Wuhan, the city at the center of an area where some 50 million people are prevented from leaving in a sweeping anti-virus effort. The evacuees went into a two-week quarantine. Indonesia also sent a plane.
The number of confirmed cases in China rose to 11,791, surpassing the number in the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The virus’ rapid spread in two months prompted the World Health Organization on Thursday to declare it a global emergency.
There are also worries that China is downplaying the true toll of this outbreak, causing even more confusion and concern among the global community.
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