Coronavirus outbreak: The US is urging its citizens to reconsider travel to China

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The US State Department has urged Americans to reconsider going to China because of the coronavirus, after warning against travel to the Hubei province of China, where the respiratory illness is believed to have originated.

The coronavirus, which causes respiratory symptoms similar to a cold or flu, has been linked to a seafood market in Wuhan, the largest city in central China, with a population of about 11 million. That market has since been shut down.Four hundred people register with DFAT to be evacuated from Wuhan to Australia

US President Donald Trump on Monday offered any help China needed to control the outbreak, which has also left tens of millions stranded during the Lunar New Year, the biggest Chinese holiday. The CDC has said that of the investigated cases across 26 states, 32 people had tested negative, the CDC said.

There is no evidence so far that the coronavirus is transmitted through imported goods, Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a briefing with reporters. The CDC raised issued a separate travel alert last week recommending people avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan. recommends Australians do not travel to Hubei Province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, but the overall advice level for China remains normal.

 

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