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Daily Travel Alerts|23 Jan ’20

CHINA: UPDATE: Wuhan imposes transport lockdown
The coronavirus has spread rapidly over the past few days, sparking fears of a possible pandemic, CNN reports.

The city of Wuhan will temporarily close its airport and railway stations for departing passengers. All public transport services will also be suspended as authorities attempt to contain the virus.

The city lockdown begins on Thursday, January 23.

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.

AUSTRALIA: Canberra flights grounded as two bushfires rage on
Flights in and out of Canberra airport remain grounded as two bushfires continue to cover the region in heavy smoke, 9News reports.

Travellers are advised to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

ENGLAND: Train disruption in London
No trains will run in or out of London King’s Cross this weekend as upgrades to the East Coast Mainline continue, Grantham Journal reports.

On Saturday and Sunday, lines between Peterborough and King’s Cross will be closed.

Travellers are advised to travel on either Friday or Monday instead.

GERMANY: UPDATE: Union suspends strike threat
eTNW reports that the UFO says it will suspend its preparations for further strikes at Lufthansa after the airline submitted a new proposal in which Lufthansa has made concessions.

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.

ENGLAND: Strike threat at Gatwick
Union members employed at Gatwick Airport may take industrial action after a pay offer was rejected, Worthing Herald reports.

A strike could begin in the second quarter of the year and would result in widespread disruption at the airport.

Travellers are advised to follow official reports for updates on the possible strike.

SOUTH AFRICA: Table Mountain Cableway announces annual closing dates
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will close for annual maintenance to ensure the safety of visitors and smooth and efficient operations, Getaway reports.

This year the cableway will close from July 7-26.

Travellers are encouraged to take note of these dates when planning a trip to Cape Town.

PHILIPPINES: Road closures in Manila for Chinese New Year
Several roads in Manila will be closed on Friday, January 24, for the celebration of the Chinese New Year, Inquirer.net reports.

For a full list of road closures and alternative routes, click here.

ZIMBABWE: New attraction for Gonarezhou National Park
Tourism Update reports that Gonakudzingwa National Monument is a new tourist attraction, due to open before the end of the year in Gonarezhou National Park in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe.

The monument is located at the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique at the Sango/Chiquaquala border post, close to the Limpopo River.

As per TravelInfo Plus 23 January 2020.

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