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Daily Travel Alerts | 21 January ’20

AUSTRALIA / CHINA: UPDATE: New coronavirus can spread between humans
It has been confirmed by Chinese officials that the coronavirus can be transmitted between humans, reports CNN.

Australia is the latest country to start screening for the SARS-like disease.

Travellers are advised to take necessary precautions as a busy travel period kicks-off this week in and around China.

Airports from Asia to North America have stepped up inbound passenger health monitoring after a second death was reported in the new coronavirus outbreak in China, TravelMole reports.

Thailand has intensified monitoring at four airports that are linked by flights from Wuhan – Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang in Bangkok; Chiang Mai; and Phuket.

Airports in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong have tightened screening of passengers on flights from China ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. Airports in North America are also doing the same.

The WHO is expecting the number of cases to rise and says it could intensify during the Chinese New Year holidays.

Japan’s government confirmed that a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus, New York Post reports.

Travellers to Tokyo are advised to take all necessary precautions.

The World Health Organization is preparing for the possibility of wider outbreak of the new coronavirus that has infected dozens of people in China.

Travellers to Wuhan City are advised to take precautions.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: State of Emergency in place for demonstration in US
Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in advance of expected demonstrations on Capitol Square, Virginia.

This emergency declaration is temporary and will remain in place until Tuesday, January 21 at 17h00.

UNITED KINGDOM: UK weather warning
Heavy snowfall is expected in northern England and Scotland next week, Express reports.

The weather forecasts predict heavy snowfall across most of Scotland with 38cm of snow expected in the north of the country.

Officials advise travellers to take extra precaution as roads could become very slippery.

ENGLAND: Road closures planned in Bath
A new wave of road closures and roadworks could cause delays for travellers in Bath and the surrounding area, Somerset Live reports.

Bath and north-east Somerset Council have announced a list of works that will be taking place across the area, including the replacement of power lines and installing a pedestrian crossing.

Roads in Combe Down, Odd Down and Saltford will be affected.

ALASKA: Volcano activity triggers aviation warnings
Activity from one of Alaska’s volcanoes triggered aviation warnings after it began to spew ash and lava over the weekend, ABC Chicago reports.

The ash reached about 8 534m, prompting the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a warning to pilots in the area due to the activity.

Shishaldin volcano is listed at a Code Orange alert level, indicating that the volcano is exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential for eruption.

SPAIN: UPDATE: FCO travel advisory for Spain
Spain’s meteorological office has issued an “extreme risk” weather warning for the following provinces: Teruel, Albacete, Murcia, Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Valencia, Alicante and Castellon.

The Balearics, Almeria, Granada and Jaen are also on high alert.

The UK FCO warns that high winds and snowfall may cause road closures and disruption to transport services.

Unsettled weather has triggered a rare red weather alert in Spain, with warnings of snow, freezing temperatures, rain and high winds, Euro Weekly News reports.

Storm Gloria will continue throughout Monday and Tuesday with strong winds and rain forecast throughout the peninsula.

Low temperatures and winds of 120 kph are expected today. Red alerts have been issued in several areas, including Valencia, Murcia and Aragon.

Travellers are advised to check weather reports.

Parts of Spain and the western Mediterranean will be at risk of heavy rainfall early next week, AccuWeather reports.

A slow-moving storm will move over the coast of eastern Spain from Monday into Wednesday and increase the risk of flash flooding while also bringing high-elevation snowfall to the region. The heaviest rainfall is expected from Monday into Wednesday.

Locations from Valencia to Almeria will be at risk of heavy rainfall on Monday and could face the threat of localised flooding and travel disruption. Rainfall may extend as far north as Barcelona by Monday afternoon or evening.

Travellers are advised to check weather reports.

INDIA: Delhi – a no-fly zone
Due to the Republic Day parade rehearsals and security requirements, Delhi airspace is being closed for two hours on specific days, Business Travellers reports.

Delhi airport will be closed to all air traffic between 10h35 and 12h15 on January 20-24 and January 26.

Spicejet, Vistara and Indigo have issued a travel advisory on flight delays and disruptions for passengers flying on those dates.

SOUTH AFRICA: SAA operations update
eTNW reports that South African Airways has assured all its customers and stakeholders that operations will continue as normal.

The airline is aware of media reports that suggested it would cease operations, and has committed to remaining transparent in its communications on all operational changes that may impact any flight schedules.

As per TravelInfo Plus 21 Jan ‘2020

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