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Daily Travel Alerts 03 Jan ’20

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: UPDATE: Coronavirus – 11 confirmed cases in the US
Health officials in the US have announced that three more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in California, bringing the state’s total to six and the country’s total to 11 cases, CNN reports.

The three new cases are linked to Wuhan.

The US has issued a level 4 travel advisory warning residents not to travel to China.

UNITED KINGDOM: Met Office issues extreme wind warning for
The Met Office has issued warnings for potentially life-threatening flying rubble and building material as extreme winds hit the UK, Express reports.

A large part of Scotland, especially the west of the country, will be hit by winds of 128kph.

Travel disruption is expected, with longer journey times or cancellations likely as road, rail, air and ferry services will be affected.

Travellers are advised to check weather reports.

SPAIN: UPDATE: Coronavirus – first case confirmed in Spain
The coronavirus has been confirmed in one of the five people being kept in quarantine on the island of La Gomera, Express reports.

The group arrived on La Gomera last Tuesday (January 28) and the German Embassy in Madrid advised the Spanish authorities that two of the group had attended a medical congress in Berlin where a doctor from China unknowingly had the virus.

The government assures travellers that it has the situation under control and travellers are urged not to panic or cancel trips.

AUSTRALIA: Smok haze warning for Canberra
The Orroral Valley bushfire has covered skies in Canberra with a smoky haze, The Riotact reports.

Wind speeds up to 30 kph are expected today (February 3) and this will bring heavy smoke over urban areas of Canberra.

Travellers are advised to check official reports for updates.

SWEDEN: Sweden’s Kalix River bridge closed
The Swedish Transport Administration reports that construction on the bridge across the Kalix River started on Sunday, February 2.

The bridge will remain closed until work is completed. The date of completion is unknown.

Travellers are advised to find alternative routes

AUSTRALIA: Canberra declares state of emergency
A state of emergency has been declared in Canberra as extreme temperatures and strong winds increase the risk of a huge bushfire, The Times reports.

Fire chiefs also fear the outbreak of more deadly fires west and south of Sydney this weekend as temperatures rise.

Travellers are advised to check official updates.

SOUTH AFRICA: Plettenberg Bay launches history festival
Tourism Update reports that the Western Cape town of Plettenberg Bay is hosting a history and culture festival from February 13-15.

This inaugural festival is a teaser for the larger annual festival planned for Plettenberg Bay later this year.

As per Travel Info Plus 03 February 2020

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