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Daily Travel Alerts | 22 Jan ’20

SOUTH AFRICA: UPDATE: FCO travel advisory for SA
South African Airways will review further possible flight schedule amendments in the coming days.

Travellers should check with the airline or their tour operator.

SAA has cancelled several domestic and international flights up until Friday this week, eTNW reports.

For a full list of domestic and international flight cancellations, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: UPDATE: Coronavirus warning – US confirms first case of disease
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the United States after a traveller from China was diagnosed in Seattle, Washington, Express reports.

The US is the fifth country to report a case of the disease since it spread from China to Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

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.

FRANCE: Weather warning for the south of France
The French weather agency, Meteo France, has issued a weather warning for the south of France, TravelMole reports.

There is a risk of heavy snow in the Pyrenees Orientales and a risk of flooding in the Pyrenees Orientales and the Aude, including coastal areas.

The weather warning is expected to remain in place until Thursday, January 23.

Travellers should exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities.

GERMANY: Union threatens further LH strikes
Lufthansa cabin crew union, UFO, is planning a further strike following the third unsuccessful round of talks on January 16, eTNW reports.

The union will announce more details on Wednesday, January 22.

SOUTH AFRICA: Kruger closes several roads after flooding
Several roads have been closed in the Kruger National Park after heavy rains and flooding hit parts of the park, Tourism Update reports.

There are some roads where nothing can be done and we will have to wait for the water levels to decrease. All roads with low-water bridges remain closed.

The following roads have been closed:
• S39
• S47
• S48
• S90
• S52
• S58
• S79
• S131

SANParks urges all road users and visitors to exercise extreme caution when approaching low-lying bridges and not to use roads with no-entry signs.

UNITED KINGDOM: Lost bags staff plan strike at Heathrow
Staff who deal with lost bags plan to walk out for four days from February 2 and again from February 22 at Heathrow, The Irish Sun reports.

Unions are warning passengers that if their baggage is misplaced, it could disappear forever while members are on strike.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Theme park attractions close due to bad weather in US
Central Florida can expect cold weather as Arctic air moves into the area, The Irish Sun reports.

Universal Studios’ Volcano Bay water park will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will also be closed on the same days.

As per TravelInfo Plus 22 January 2020

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