CDMX maintains first phase of attention for coronavirus – Televisa News

The Chief of Government of Mexico City He insisted that at the moment the capital remains in the first phase of attention after detecting the first cases, in Mexico, of people who contracted the virus Covid 19, in other countries.

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“In all cases the symptoms are mild, there is no severity, while these cases are what is done is an epidemiological surveillance is isolated the case is isolated contacts with those who were,” he said Claudia Sheinbaum, head of Government Mexico City

The official said that logistics are already designed with various hospitals in Mexico City to attend, if they detect patients who show signs of having contracted the Coronavirus Covid 19.

He guaranteed that in the City’s hospitals some distribution logistics problems are being solved to ensure that in all hospitals there are supplies such as disinfectant gel, mouth covers and gloves to prevent infections.

At a press conference, the Head of Government of Mexico City He clarified that during the week, the Secretary of Government, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, will announce at a press conference all the details of how the authorities are prepared to protect passers-by, protesters and even historical buildings and monuments during the march in against femicide next Sunday, March 8.

“It is essentially a work of protection for both passers-by and the protesters themselves,” he added.

On another issue, he said that it will be the Prosecutor’s Office in the capital that will announce whether or not the reward of 2 million pesos will be paid to those who give reports of the whereabouts of the alleged murderers of the Fatima girl.

With information from Guadalupe Flores


Australia records the first coronavirus death

A Sydney man being tested for coronavirus may be the first person in Australia to contract the disease through person-to-person transmission.

The man in his fifties, a medical worker, is believed to have traveled to China months ago, but has recently started showing signs of the virus, The Daily Telegraph reported.

He is currently being treated in a hospital in New South Wales while being tested for coronavirus.

“Other samples were collected overnight and are being tested today to confirm

regardless of whether he has the infection, “said an NSW spokesman.

“He is currently being treated in hospital. Personal details relating to this patient will no longer be released at this stage. “

There are still no confirmed cases of person-to-person transmission in Australia.

This happens when Australia registered its first coronavirus death after a man confirmed COVID-19’s death in a Perth hospital overnight.

The victim of the still unnamed coronavirus was a 78-year-old from the infected cruise ship Diamond Princess who died in the early hours of Sunday morning at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital.

He had been taken from a Darwin quarantine camp with his wife, who was also infected, after being isolated in a quarantine camp from Japan.

The pair consisted of 164 Australians who were quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess with coronavirus, then flew from Japan to Darwin and were placed in solitary confinement in the Howards Springs camp.

The dead man’s wife is now isolated in a Perth hospital.

A man who recently returned from Iran tested positive for coronavirus, making it the fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 in New South Wales.

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As coronavirus death in Iran rises to the top, man becomes Australia’s second infected person who returns from there to positively test the virus.

Aged forty, the man flew to Sydney from Iran on February 22 and developed symptoms two days later.

On Friday he went to the hospital where he was tested for COVID-19.

“He was advised to be isolated at home while waiting for the test result, which was confirmed positive for COVID-19 at the end of February 29,” said Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer.

She hasn’t shown any serious symptoms, but is being treated at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital.

The man was recorded as the second case in Australia from Iran after a Gold Coast beautician tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday.

The 63-year-old woman returned from Iran on Monday and gave 40 clients facial treatments at the salon before falling ill on Thursday.

Anyone who went to the Hair Plus salon at the Australia Fair shopping center in Southport, Queensland last week is recommended to take the test.

The woman is now in stable and isolated condition in the Gold Coast University Hospital.

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All four previous NSW coronavirus cases were discharged from the hospital.

A sixth person, a 50-year-old man, is currently being tested for COVID-19.

To date, a total of 23 coronavirus infections have been recorded in Australia.

After activating a coronavirus emergency response plan for Australia on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison imposed a travel ban on Iran that went into effect today.

Foreign nationals from Iran will be forced to spend two weeks in a third country before being authorized in Australia.

Australian citizens and permanent residents will have to isolate themselves for two weeks after returning from Iran.

Iran has recorded 43 coronavirus deaths, another nine since Saturday and has the highest COVID-19 mortality rate outside of China.

Forecasts are that the death toll will continue to rise and the World Health Organization has sent a medical team to Iran.

The Australian government has banned foreign nationals who leave China from entering Australia for two weeks.

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As of Sunday morning, over 79,251 coronavirus cases have been recorded in China, followed by 3,150 in South Korea, 1128 in Italy, 593 in Iran and 241 in Japan.

The world death toll is 2941, with 2727 of those in Wuhan Hubei province, for a total of 54 in other parts of China, 29 in Italy and 16 in South Korea.


The frenzy of stocks affects Australia, New Zealand and the United States

The purchase of coronavirus panic is rampant in supermarkets and stores in Australia, New Zealand and the United States with shoppers emptying shelves of food, toilet paper, bottled water and hand sanitizer.

Twitter posts record panicked locals in northern Sydney, in the Perth suburb of Claremont, Auckland, New York, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Essential foods such as bread, flour and rice, as well as canned beans and tomatoes, pasta, pasta sauce and water have flown off the shelves as the COVID-19 pandemic and its fears spread.

A Sydney North Shore supermarket said rice, flour and toilet paper were the “first to go” and “we can’t keep up” with the supplies of the goods.

In a New Zealand supermarket, every type of bread was removed from the shelves except the gluten-free options.

US reports showed completely bare shelves and refrigerated sections in Costco stores where “water, toilet paper, rice, meat … all are disappearing rapidly”.

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Silicon Valley reported that its trader Joe’s shelves were empty of canned goods.

Completely empty shelves in supermarkets and pharmacies were forcing Sydney health workers to order hand sanitizer online.

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On Saturday, in a Coles supermarket in Claremont WA, a crowd of shoppers fought to grab supplies of hand sanitizer, toilet paper, canned food and bottled water and fill them in trolleys.

The photographs of the store later showed empty corridors and bare shelves, and shoppers reported being intimidated by others pushing and taking items.

The situation is expected to worsen when Australia recorded its first coronavirus fatality after a man who was in a Perth hospital died Sunday morning.

The 78-year-old man and his 79-year-old wife, who is isolated in a Perth hospital, were the first two confirmed cases of WA and had contracted the disease on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

To date, a total of 23 coronavirus infections have been recorded in Australia.

A man who recently returned from Iran to Sydney tested coronavirus positive, making it the fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 in New South Wales.

As the coronavirus death in Iran rises to the top, man becomes Australia’s second infected person who returns from there to positively test the virus.

A Gold Coast beautician proved positive after returning from Iran and returning to work in a Southport salon where she treated around 40 clients with facial treatments before falling ill.

This was the same day that Prime Minister Scott Morrison activated a coronavirus emergency response plan for Australia, then imposed a travel ban on Iran that went into effect today.

Foreign nationals from Iran will be forced to spend two weeks in a third country before being authorized in Australia

Australian citizens and permanent residents will have to isolate themselves for two weeks after returning from Iran.

Foreign nationals who leave China must already spend another two weeks elsewhere before entering Australia with a government travel restriction.

As of Sunday afternoon, over 86,980 coronavirus cases have been recorded worldwide with 79,824 in China, followed by 3526 in South Korea, 1128 in Italy, 593 in Iran and 241 in Japan.

The world death toll is 2978, with 2761 of those in Wuhan Hubei province, for a total of 56 in other parts of China, 29 in Italy and 17 in South Korea.


Switzerland cancels mass gatherings while Italy urges tourists not to cancel holidays

Tourists are canceling their vacation plans in Europe with increasing fears over the number of coronavirus cases reported across the continent.

So far about 820 virus cases have been confirmed in 23 countries in Europe, with the majority in Italy, Germany, France and Spain, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. A total of 19 people died, including 17 in Italy and two in France.

The numbers pale compared to those reported in Asia, where over 80,000 people have been infected and over 2,800 have died.

But as fears grow over a potential global pandemic, travelers are canceling their plans and leaving hotels in crisis.

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In Switzerland, all “public and private” events involving more than 1,000 people were banned on Friday by the government.

Officials said the ban would last until at least March 15 in a dramatic attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Numerous events are affected, including the annual Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from March 5th to 15th and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

“We are aware that this measure will have a significant impact on public life,” said Swiss Interior Minister Alain Berset.

“However, the move should provide effective protection for people in Switzerland and public health.

“It should prevent or delay the spread of the disease in Switzerland, thereby reducing its momentum.”

Any events involving fewer than 1,000 people “must perform a risk assessment” in collaboration with the authorities, the government said.


Switzerland has reported 15 confirmed cases of new coronavirus, but borders on northern Italy, which has seen the largest group of cases in Europe.

On Thursday, the number of infections in Italy reached 650, a sharp increase over previous official counts which showed 528 on Thursday and 400 on Wednesday.

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Officials said the sharp rise was due to Wednesday’s figures that don’t include all the data from the northern Lombardy region, the hardest hit part of the country.

But the epidemic has already started to affect the local tourism industry.

Hotel reservations in the northern city of Milan plummeted to 20%, compared to almost 90% normally at this time of year.

In Rome – far from the critical points of the virus – over 50% of reservations were canceled until the end of March, says the hotel association Federalberghi.

Mass cancellations triggered an explosion by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Thursday.

“We have gone from an epidemic risk to an” info-demic “of confirmed disinformation, which is currently affecting our flow of tourists, our business and the entire economic system,” he said.

“If schools are open, if our children go to school, tourists and business people can come.”

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Di Maio said that Italy had more cases than other European countries because it was carrying out mass tests – over 11,000 so far – which found positive cases that did not, however, cause disease.

“Out of over 7000 cities in Italy, just over a dozen are affected by this epidemic,” he said.

Italy was “reliable and transparent”, she insisted, adding that she was unfairly penalized by vacationers canceling travel for fear of catching the virus.

Some experts, however, say the country is doing too many tests and may overly report the number of infections to the World Health Organization.

All those who have died so far in Italy were elderly or had pre-existing medical conditions.

So far the government has stopped all movements in and out of 11 cities in two regions of the north – Lombardy and Veneto – in an attempt to stop the spread of the contagion.

EasyJet, a popular budget airline in Europe, warned Friday that flights could be canceled due to a drop in demand.

“Following the higher incidence of COVID-19 cases in Northern Italy, we have seen a significant softening of demand and load factors inside and outside our Northern Italy bases,” he said in a statement.

“In addition, we are seeing slower demand in all our other European markets. As a result, we will make decisions to cancel some flights, in particular those entering and leaving Italy, continuing to monitor the situation and adapt our flight schedule to support demand. “

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What will happen when the WHO declares a pandemic?

For the first time since coronavirus was discovered, the number of new infections within China has been exceeded by new cases in other parts of the world.

Currently 45 countries outside of China have been affected by the virus, with Italy and Iran emerging as other epicenters of the disease.

These new outbreaks have raised doubts that the virus should be considered a pandemic.

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus an international public health emergency, the highest level of classification they have for a disease outbreak.

The organization defines a pandemic as “an outbreak of a new pathogen that spreads easily from person to person around the world”.

However, WHO has been very resistant to labeling the coronavirus epidemic as a pandemic, although it has warned that there may be potential.


Concerns are growing about the possibility that the coronavirus reaches the pandemic level, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison preparing a response plan for emergencies.

Morrison told reporters this afternoon that “there is every indication that the world will soon enter the pandemic phase of the virus”.

He said the government had moved ahead of the WHO and was now effectively operating on the basis of a declared pandemic.

However, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the outbreak has not yet reached the pandemic level.

Speaking yesterday at a weekly briefing on the virus, dr. Tedros said that the use of the word “pandemic” could have a number of negative impacts.

“The increase in cases outside of China has prompted some media and politicians to push to declare a pandemic. We shouldn’t be too anxious to declare a pandemic without careful and clear analysis of the facts, “he said.

“The use of the word pandemic carelessly has no tangible benefit, but presents a significant risk in terms of unnecessary and unjustified fear and stigma amplification and crippling systems.

“It could also signal that we can no longer contain the virus, which is not true. We are in a fight that can be won if we do the right things.”

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However, dr. Tedros said the WHO “would not hesitate” to label it as a pandemic if it were for an “accurate description of the situation”.

He said that coronavirus was not causing serious disease or death on a large scale at this time, nor had it reached the level of intensive and sustained transmission of the community.

“Don’t get me wrong: I’m not downplaying the seriousness of the situation, or the potential to turn it into a pandemic, because it has that potential,” he said.

“Each scenario is still on the table.

“On the contrary, we are saying that this virus has a pandemic potential and that the WHO is providing the tools for each country to prepare accordingly.”

Although it is not yet a pandemic, dr. Tedros said that all countries must be prepared for the scenario in which a pandemic is declared.

Another reason why the WHO may be resistant to calling the epidemic a pandemic is because of the backlash they received the last time they did it.

In 2009, WHO declared a pandemic for H1N1 flu, more commonly known as swine flu.

This decision has been heavily criticized by multiple countries, with many claiming that it caused unnecessary panic and that its severity had been overstated.

The pandemic declaration also led to many countries stockpiling the swine flu vaccine, bringing millions of doses unused.

Since then, WHO has completely removed the classification of the pandemic, which means that the organization no longer has a formal way of declaring a pandemic.

“WHO does not use the old six-phase system – which ranged from the first phase (no reports of animal flu causing human infections) to phase six (a pandemic) – which some people may be familiar with H1N1 in 2009.” , a WHO said the spokesman The Telegraph.

“We use the term pandemic for all types of purposes and can qualify a situation as a pandemic, but there would be no official announcement.”

But the organization has warned that even the use of the word pandemic can have negative consequences and as such should be used with caution.


Although the WHO is resistant to declaring a pandemic, if coronavirus cases continue to spread to countries other than China, the decision will most likely have to be taken.

If so, the focus will likely shift from containment to mitigation.

This means that governments will turn their attention to slowing the spread across the population by taking measures such as the cancellation of important events in which people could become infected with each other or prevent people from going to school or work.

Associate professor Ian Mackay of the University of Queensland said in his view that a pandemic was inevitable and it was only a matter of time before the coronavirus crossed Australia.

He told Neil Mitchell of 3AW that efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus are likely to impact the supply chain of goods.

Professor Mackay said that while there is no need to panic to buy food and other items, buying “a few extra things” was a good idea.

“Think about your pets, think about your parents and grandparents (and) how they will go. Do they need medicine? Should you talk to your doctor about getting some extra prescriptions in the closet just in case?” He said.

“Practically saying what happens if your schools are closed and you’re stuck at home with your kids for a while or if people say you can’t go to work, we have to keep people at home for a while to slow down the spread of the virus.

“Are you ready at home to have some stuff for a couple of weeks to go on, to have stuff to eat (like) canned food, dry food. Do you have (homework) to do? Do you have batteries? “

Australian medical officer Brendan Murphy said that if a global pandemic has been declared, the country “will be prepared”.

“Every part of the healthcare system is working on its plan so that we are ready if things develop further in the future,” he said at a recent press conference.

Dr Murphy said the decision to call it a pandemic will likely depend on whether the virus cases continue to grow in Europe and the Middle East.

“If it is claimed in those countries, as it has been in China, I suspect that the WHO would make such a call,” he said.

“But right now, they’re not making that call because those countries are trying to contain.”


Four questions you may have about your travel insurance

The coronavirus virus is spreading rapidly with 1017 new cases reported on February 23 according to an update released by the World Health Organization (WHO). There has been a sharp increase in reported cases outside of China as 367 new cases have been reported outside of China in the past 24 hours with the total number of people infected with the Coronavirus novel rising to 78,811 globally so far.

It has cast a shadow over those who travel to China or neighboring countries for business or other unavoidable purposes.

Most Indian-based airlines have suspended operations in China given the seriousness of the situation. However, some foreign airlines are still flying to China through India. If you are one of those who can’t help but travel to China or a neighboring country, you may want to purchase a travel insurance policy to ensure that your emergency medical expenses or travel expenses are covered. Here we have tried to answer some questions you might have about travel insurance.

Will my medical expenses be covered by the travel policy if I travel to China?

Right now, as the treatment of suspected coronavirus cases is occurring largely within government structures, a claim may not arise but otherwise your travel insurance may not cover the costs as the government has issued a warning asking people not to go to China right now.

If you are traveling to China after the Coronavirus epidemic and the advice issued by the government, you are unlikely to be covered. “In the event that a person starts traveling after being well aware of the situation and without the knowledge of the insurer in a country where advice on health or political issues has been issued by the Indian government or the local government of that country or WHO, the policy will not go into effect, “said Sweetie Salve, head of the complaints department of the medical directorate, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.

What happens if I become infected during transport?

In case you travel to another country or through China and get infected during transportation, you will be covered.

“You will be covered even if you get infected while traveling in another country or in transit,” said Subrata Mondal, executive vice president, underwriting, IFFCO Tokyo General Insurance.

Will I get coverage for my flight cancellation charges if I cancel or reschedule my trip?

If you want to avoid the risk of infection and cancel or reschedule your trip to China or any other affected country, the insurer is unlikely to cover the loss due to ticket cancellation.

“The viral epidemic is not covered by most standard travel insurance plans. However, if you chose “cancel for any reason”, some level of travel cancellation protection may be available. Recovery of all losses associated with voided travel due to fears of coronavirus is far from guaranteed, “said Tarun Mathur, general insurance general manager,, an online insurance aggregator.

Will you receive a new policy for your trip to China?

Again, insurance companies have different opinions, but it is very likely that a new policy will not be obtained.

“Considering the safety of traveling members and to discourage travel to coronavirus-affected countries, we advised that we avoid issuing new policies in China, Hong Kong and Macau in the wake of a government-issued warning. In the event that you have to undertake emergency travel and you have to opt for an insurance, this will be subject to the underwriting process. This will continue until the advisory is revoked, “said Salve di Bajaj Allianz.


The COVID-19 epidemic plunges Europe into the blockade

A seventh person died from coronavirus in Italy, according to media reports, while Europe plunges into a dramatic blockade.

More than 200 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 disease in Italy, the largest outbreak so far reported in Europe.

The dramatic wave of cases has sparked fears across the continent with Italy and neighboring countries climbing to prevent potential cross-border spread.

On Monday, police began patrolling checkpoints around quarantined cities in the north of the country as residents supplied themselves with food.

Croatia, Hungary and Ireland have advised against going to the affected areas, while Italians traveling abroad have suffered from the repression.

A bus from Milan was barricaded by police in the French city of Lyon for health checks and Alitalia passengers arriving in Mauritius were threatened with quarantine.

Officials have not yet identified the origin of the Italian epidemic, which has now spread to half a dozen regions.

Austria also temporarily blocked its rail traffic across its border with Italy.

“These rapid developments over the weekend have shown how quickly this situation can change,” European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in Brussels.

“We obviously have to take this situation very seriously, but we don’t have to give in to panic and, more importantly, disinformation.”

For Italians barricaded in dozens of small towns around the two main groups of the outbreak, Lombardy and Veneto, the prospects for the next two weeks seemed bleak, with the only business order getting enough food at home and testing.

“This was not a very exciting place to start,” said Andrea Casalis, a 27-year-old from Vo’Euganeo, a city of 3,500 inhabitants in the epicenter of the Veneto cluster.

“Since we can’t go to the bar, there’s not much left to do.”

Ms. Casalis was expected to start a new job in the food sector a few kilometers out of town, but this is now pending – evidence of the cascading economic effect that the epidemic is starting to unleash on the economy’s northern power plant. Italian.


On Monday, the Irish, Hungarian and Croatian foreign ministries advised against traveling to northern Italy, while the Croatian ministry of education recommended the cancellation of all school trips to Italy scheduled for the following month.

Visitors from Italy, China or South Korea were monitored, as well as in Albania.

In France, the government has urged all those who have visited Lombardy or Veneto to wear masks if they go out, limit non-essential activities and measure the temperature twice a day. The French Ministry of Health has issued the same warning for anyone who has traveled to China, South Korea, Singapore or Macao. France had a total of 12 virus cases and one death.

In Lyon, the national health agency said officials were “assessing the situation” of Italians barricaded on a bus that originated in Milan and stopped in Turin.

The agency would not give details, nor would it say if anyone on the bus is suspected of having the virus.

Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that anyone entering Romania from any region where the virus was reported will be quarantined for 14 days, but local media reported that arriving passengers were only asked to fill out a form .


Fears extended to Mauritius, blocking an Alitalia plane that had landed overnight from Rome.

Alitalia said that 40 passengers from Lombardy and Veneto were told that they would only be allowed to get off if they entered the quarantine locally, although no one complained of the symptoms.

The Italian Foreign Ministry said it was working to provide “maximum assistance to Italians on board” and Alitalia said it was working to immediately bring back those refused waste to Italy.

Many Italians travel this week for mid-winter school holidays and Mauritius is a popular destination.

But the island nation has been more assertive than its African counterparts in an attempt to keep the virus out, announcing quarantines for passengers arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan or showing symptoms.

To date, Africa has only one confirmed case, in Egypt.


While the Italian authorities have canceled football matches, closed masses and schools, museums, theaters and even the famous Venice Carnival, they have also tried to calm fears by noting the low mortality rate of the virus and the much higher number of Italians who died of seasonal flu year.

At least five of the dead were all elderly and at least two had other serious ailments.

Speaking to the state-run RAI news, the virologist Ilaria Capua of the University of Florida observed that the high number of cases in Italy was due to the fact that Italy was “actively seeking them”.

More than 3,000 people have been tested for the virus, most of whom have had direct contact with infected people.

“The more likely we look, the more we will find,” said Professor Capua.

But he stressed that most cases would probably not even require a doctor to visit and that the Italian numbers were “very similar to what we will see in many other European countries”.


Civil protection officials insisted that Italy was still a safe place to visit. The President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, complained that he never imagined that he would ever have to cancel the Venice Carnival – another economic blow to the famous lagoon city that has already seen tourism plummet after the floods of last year .

Italy, however, was not taking any risks and effectively sealed a dozen northern cities.

On Monday, the masked police patrolled the checkpoints along the road leading to Codogno, south-east of Milan, where the first patient to test positive for the virus was hospitalized last week.

The inhabitants wore masks and gloves lined up at the Codogno supermarket to stock up on food, only to find that the market was still closed by order of the mayor.

Later, groups of four at a time were admitted to the oven in nearby Casalpusterlengo and one at a time to the pharmacy.

The Italian agricultural lobby Coldiretti has recorded a 5-10% increase in fresh fruit and is making purchases this weekend across the country, as Italians have been stocking fears of possible future quarantines even in regions that had not recorded any cases.

Hand sanitizers and masks were scarce. Fears have also spread to the Lombard capital, Milan, the Italian financial center, where the last two fashion shows of Milan’s fashion week scheduled for Monday have been canceled.

While most fashion houses organize shows as usual on Sunday, Giorgio Armani and Laura Biagiotti presented their collections behind closed doors, streamed live for the fashion public.

The EU Health Security Committee met on Monday to take stock of developments, particularly in Italy.

A joint team from the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has also been scheduled to visit Italy.


The Japan traveler site raises concerns from level 1 to 2

Australians who plan to travel to Japan and South Korea have been warned to exercise a “high degree of caution” after the federal government has raised the level of travel advice in both countries because of the coronavirus.

Yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Commerce updated its advice for Japan and South Korea from level 1 to level 2 on the four-level Smartraveller consultative scale.

“Based on the advice of the Australian Chief Medical Officer, we now advise you to” exercise a high degree of caution “in Japan due to an increased risk of sustained local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19),” said DFAT in relation to Japanese advice.

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In the same way he updated his advice for South Korea.

“Now we also advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Daegu and Cheongdo due to significant outbreaks of COVID-19 in those cities,” said DFAT.

“If you are in South Korea, check your health carefully and follow the advice of local authorities.”

The department updated its travel tips for China in late January and now urges Australians to reconsider their need to travel to China and avoid the epicenter of the virus in Hubei province.

Most coronavirus cases in Japan are passengers and crew of the Diamond The cruise ship Princess, who spent two weeks in quarantine off the Japanese port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, with 691 cases on board, including 46 Australians. Six Australian passengers have been diagnosed since they were evacuated to the Howard Springs quarantine facility near Darwin.

Three elders Diamond Princess the passengers, all from Japan, died from the virus.

Tokyo will host the July Olympic Games and the city governor reacts to suggestions that it should be moved due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Yuriko Koike was responding to a comment from British mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey that London may need to “step up” as a replacement guest.

“It is inappropriate to say anything that will make coronavirus a problem for the mayor’s race at a time when it attracted global interest,” Koike said over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the President of South Korea has ordered the country’s officials to take “unprecedented, powerful” measures to combat the spread of the virus.

South Korea has announced 169 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total to 602. Its death toll has doubled from three to six.

Most cases have been reported in the country’s fourth largest city, Daegu, with over half of the cases connected to a local church branch.

The South Korean government has raised the level of virus alert – red – to the maximum which could force authorities to close schools and reduce public and air transport operations.

President Moon Jae-in said the coronavirus epidemic has “reached a crucial watershed,” according to Associated Press reports.

“We should not be bound by regulations and not hesitate to take powerful and unprecedented measures,” said Moon.

The Australian ban on foreign travelers from China was extended to Saturday, but the government will now allow high school students from mainland China to enter, with the exception of Hubei Province.

Students aged 11 and 12 who are enrolled in Australian schools will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with the final say of states and territories, Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said on Saturday.

A similar relaxation of travel restrictions for college students will be considered this week.