British Airways suspend flights to China in the wake of deadly outbreak

The outbreak of a killer virus known as Coronavirus in China has prompted major changes to be effected in global travels. The latest is the suspension of direct flights to China by the British Airways

The British Airways has suspended direct flights to and from China in an effort to counter the spread of deadly Coronavirus [Photo/ British Airways]

In Brief

– Coronavirus outbreak was first reported in China and has since then spread to various parts of the world.

– The Chinese President Xi Jinping has described the virus as a ‘devil’

– The virus is believed to have originated from the consumption of wild meat

The British Airways has pulled down booking slots for direct flights from London to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai on its website. The website now does not display any direct flights to and from China for the months of January and February 2020. The move, which comes just days after the UK foreign office issued a travel advisory to its citizens against traveling to China, has been occasioned by the dreadful outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.

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In a statement released by a spokesperson, the airline explained that they were still assessing the situation and apologized to their customers for all inconveniences caused noting that the safety of their clients and crew was a top priority.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority. Customers due to travel to or from China in the coming days can find more information on,” read the statement.

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Since the outbreak was first reported in China, the death toll has hit 32 and by the time of going to press, total confirmed infections were reported to be approaching 6000. More cases have been confirmed in other parts of the globe, the most notable ones being Germany and France.