Coronavirus: African Airlines Suspend Flights to China
Following the outbreak of Corona Virus in China, African airlines have joined their counterparts around the world to suspend scheduled flights to China.
So far, four African airlines, including Egypt Air, Royal Air Maroc, Kenya Airways, and RwandAir have suspended all flights to destinations in China.
However, Ethiopian Airlines which is the largest African carrier with the most destinations in China, is yet to suspend operations to any of its destinations in mainland China. This has become worrisome in some quarters.
Other major airlines who have suspended flights to China include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, American Airlines, Delta, United, and Turkish Airlines.
The suspension of flights to China has become necessary as the world struggles to prevent or minimize the spread of the deadly and highly infectious virus so as to avoid a global outbreak.
On Thursday, the Corona Virus outbreak was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, the novel virus has been confirmed in 24 countries outside China. No case has been confirmed in Africa yet.
As at the time of publishing this post, there were a total of 11,821 confirmed cases across the world and 259 deaths, all of which occured in China. However, 243 people have reportedly been discharged from hospital after recovery.