CHINA 2/22/20 DC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the People’s Republic of China (this does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan).
HONG KONG 2/19/20 Ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness.
IRAN 2/23/20 Experiencing sustained community spread of respiratory illness (COVID-19) caused by the novel coronavirus. The virus can spread from person to person. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
ITALY 2/25/20 From Thursday 2/20 to Sunday 2/23 the number of cases rose from 5 to 150. The locations affected were described as “Region of Lombardy, Codogno and surrounding towns of Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo, and San Fiorano.” Location 2 was given as “Vo’Euganeo in the Veneto region.” The New York Times reported that 10 towns were locked down and there is a “cluster of cases” in Codogno, near Milan. The State Department added, “Public schools and offices have been closed in the affected areas and Italian health officials have advised residents in these areas to avoid public spaces. Travelers in the area should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
The New York Times described the Italy coronavirus outbreak as Europe’s “first major outbreak of the coronavirus.” The prime minister of Italy announced that “extraordinary measures” would be taken to stop the virus.
The Italian coronavirus scare is already leading to noticeable changes. According to The New York Times, passengers were tested on a train from Italy to Austria, but no infected people were found. Store shelves in Italy were empty as people went into a panic.
BBC reported that the famous Venice Carnival was “cut short.” The quarantine in affected towns involves about 50,000 people, according to BBC. They aren’t allowed to leave town for two weeks “without special permission.” According to BBC, sporting events and schools are shutting down activities even outside the locked-down towns.
A ship carrying migrants to Italy was placed in quarantine, according to its Twitter page, which read, “The #OceanViking has moved to anchor outside the port of #Pozzallo, where the #MSF & @SOSMedIntl rescue ship has been instructed to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Italian authorities say this is a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”
JAPAN 2/22/20 Experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness (COVID-19) caused by the novel coronavirus. The virus can spread from person to person. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
SOUTH KOREA 2/24/20 CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel
VENEZUELA 1/2/20 Health Infrastructure Breakdown. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel. The country is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of the country.