Friday 21 February 2020

KLM cancels all flights to China as coronavirus scare continues

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Dutch airline KLM will halt all flights to China from Monday in an effort to stop the coronavirus spreading. Almost 10,000 people are now known to be infected with the disease and 213 have died. There have already been several cases in Europe.

Fights to and from some cities have already been cancelled and Bejing and Shanghai will follow on Monday, the airline has confirmed. The last few flights will be carried out ‘to allow as many clients as possible to fly back to Amsterdam,’ an airline spokesman said.

The Dutch foreign affairs ministry updated its travel advice to China on Thursday. It recommends against all travel to the province of Hubei, where epicentre Wuhan is located and says travel to the rest of China should only be undertaken if really necessary.

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